Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) – B
Today’s feast of the Divine Mercy of Jesus brings out of us tremendous faith and peace:
a) faith, because without it we cannot approach Jesus whose only way of life is the way of obedience;
b) peace, because it is God’s desire for us here on earth. On the birth of Jesus, the angels sang: Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of goodwill. At His apparition after His resurrection, Jesus greets His disciples: Peace be with you. Even before Holy Communion, the priest greets you that Christ’s peace be always with you. Peace is what we want. Through our faith, peace is what He gives. How do we seek that peace?
There are certain rules that temporal society follows today:
1. Wealth and fame are our prestige and honor. You need sizable properties and fat bank accounts so that you can merit recognition in society. The more you have the wider your scope of recognition.
2. Truth is what you can explain and justify. People who know the law and the in’s and out’s of the law can find their way in and out of the rule of today’s society. If you can explain and justify getting something that you did not earn, that thing may be yours. If you can explain and justify taking the life of the innocent or the weak, you are free. If you can even explain and justify that there is good in evil, then you go free. And many more.
3. “Each to his own.” Everyone has his own concerns, worries and problems. Let others take care of themselves. So nobody is really part of anybody. Nobody is his brother’s keeper.
How can we have peace amidst these situations? The Resurrection of Jesus teaches us the following:
1. “The community of believers was of one heart and mind” (Acts 4:32). The Apostles and the first Christian community really put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus, not only because of the many signs they saw and experienced, but also because of their growth in love for one another and of their experience of a prayerful spirit in their community. They had the peace of Jesus.
2. “With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 4:33). Their witness to the life of Jesus carried with them many signs of His presence through their teaching and through miracles of healing and unity, despite the many difficulties they had to undergo in the name of Jesus Christ. The community of believers proclaimed and experienced the peace of Jesus.
3. “There was no needy person among them” (Acts 4:34). They lived as brothers and sisters. They brought all their wealth and resources together, and distributed them according to each one’s need. In that first community of Christians no one had abundance, neither was any one in a situation of need. And God blessed them with more brothers and sisters. With this, they were at peace with one another and with the world.
What does Jesus ask of us?
1) When celebrating the sacraments, celebrate them with undivided trust and love for Jesus Christ.
2) When reading and praying the Scriptures, pray and read them in the Holy Spirit who enlightens us so that we can understand what God is telling us.
3) When fulfilling our duties, do them in the spirit of gratitude and in participation in God’s creation.
4) Our Lord Jesus, on this feast of His Divine Mercy, desires sincere repentance of sins, confession, devout reception of the Eucharist and constant acts of mercy to the needy. And when praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, concentrate on the Blessed Trinity: the Eternal Father, the Passion of His dearly Beloved Son, the Holy Spirit who moves us to pray and dedicate ourselves to God; focus on the Passion of Christ, especially for the salvation of the world, on what He can do through us, especially through our works of mercy. Remember, when we focus on Jesus, the Father’s heart opens and pours out His mercy on His people.
The Easter season leads us to the great acts of salvation that Jesus wrought for us. He not only did things for us; He also does many things through us so that the Father’s love will be recognized and accepted in the world where suffering seems to be unending, and where people want God to be eliminated. In the Eucharist we are reminded that as often as we break bread together we do it in His memory; and this is salvation.
May the mercy and peace of Christ remain always with you.