Greetings on this the Second Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 2:42-47; PS 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; 1 Ptr 1:3-9; Jn 20:19-31
In our first reading we see even in the midst of conflict, danger and oppression, the Apostles and followers are living in peace.
They lived a communal life, celebrated the ‘breaking of bread’ and prayer.
Even among their oppressors and conquerers, who witnessed their way of life, marveled. Scripture notes The Way enjoyed the favor of all the people. Both for their internal peace and their embracing of the estranged.
Do we live this way?
How, yes? How, no?
The second reading confirms some elemental points. We are not immune from suffering through trials. In fact, how we act during trial is what will be our testimony at the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Peter said a genuine faith will be revealed in trial and suffering and the forbearance we exhibit are as precious as gold. Yet more than gold but that it proves by charity we really are praising, honoring and glorifying God.
Wounds Fear and Peace
How beautiful the Gospel of John testifying to the Mercy of God! Here Thomas put your finger here.
It is a marvel that God allows us to wound him. Yet he wants us to learn from and be released from the bondage of these wounds.
Do not be afraid. Twice repeated.
Mercy is stronger that the wounds. Mercy thinks beyond mistakes. Mercy calls us to the Divine Life.
Let Us Follow Him
Following the path of mercy can be difficult. Our current crisis brings our most difficult trials upon our heads.
Let us be merciful. Let’s live in community. Let’s share the sacred bread that is Jesus. Let us be kind to stranger and enemy.
Let us put our hand into the side of Jesus that his Mercy be real for us and for all.
Let the course of our lives bring honor, praise and the favor of the people so that Christ may be known.
For Our Sake – Mercy
For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. I ask God to do that. I ask also from you.