2nd Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday 2021-Homily
The Resurrection of Christ stands out forever so great that it is beyond all human understanding. It not only demands intellectual acceptance but most of all, it demands our faith and believe.
The Apostle Thomas demanded evidence: “Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his sides, I refuse to believe,” (John 20:25). This kind of faith first seeks an understanding and proof, in order to believe. When this faith is understood, then the individual will belief and accept the truth, and more often he or she will go beyond the call of faith to spread the good news. Thomas, after having understood and experienced the Risen Lord, he challenged the rest of the apostles not only to go with the Lord but also to die with Him. This type of faith can be potentially very powerful, as Thomas eventually travelled to India to spread the good news and was martyred without a proper trial. He established a Church that stands for nearly two thousand years, and is still flourishing and growing.
We are reminded to firmly hold on to our faith. It was the Risen Lord who breathed unto the Apostles the Holy Spirit and empowered them to finish the race and to keep the faith alive. Let us nurture and build our faith through prayers, increase the knowledge of God and Church, sharing the word of God, fellowship, formation, and experiencing the Sacraments.
Today, we celebrate the Divine Mercy Sunday. I know many of you are really devoted in praying the Chaplet of the Divine mercy at 3.00 pm either at home or at your office. It is considered a very new devotion among Catholics which was promoted by Saint John Paul II, initiated by St Faustina. St John Paul II canonised Sr Faustina in the year 2000 and made her as a first saint of the new millennium. The chaplet focuses on the mercy of Christ.
The message of God’s love and mercy are made known by all the Gospel writers. God mercy and love have no end. God’s mercy and love come first to us, and from there, we can show His mercy and love to others. Once we have experienced God’s mercy and love on ourselves, we can ready to grant mercy on others.
We ask for the intercession of St. Faustina to obtain Christ’s mercy, to trust in His mercy, and to show mercy and love towards our family members and others.
JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU
Rev. Fr. George Packiasamy