The Homily of Father Jose - April 11, 2021
Second Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday
After the death of Jesus, the apostles were in a locked room fearing whether they might be next in line for arrest and execution. But in the midst of their fears Jesus appeared to them and brought them joy and peace. One of the apostles, Thomas was not there. When they said the story of Jesus’ resurrection, he did not believe. So we see the spiritual blindness of Thomas.
A sinful action always produces bad effects within us and within the body of Christ, the Church.
We develop a vice when sinful actions become habitual generating a progressive blindness of truth. Thomas did not trust the promise of his master that He would rise from the dead. Jesus rebuked Thomas for his lack of faith. Blessed are those who do not see and believe. Trust is a firm unshaking belief of confidence in the honesty, reliability and justice of another. Putting your confidence in someone is the greatest compliment you can pay that person. To trust is to love. A husband must trust his wife and also make himself worthy of her trust. So she must do the same. This Sunday is the Divine Mercy Sunday. Jesus appeared to St. Faustina and asked her to spread His mercy to others. He is a merciful God. After the Divine Mercy Chaplet we pray three times “Jesus, I trust in you.”
Jesus appeared to the apostles and gave them peace. He instituted the Sacrament of Penance, which is the Sacrament of Mercy. To receive His Mercy we need to trust in Him. If we doubt like Thomas we cannot receive His mercy, love and peace. Let us trust in the Lord, and receive His Mercy. “Holy Spirit descend into our hearts and establish in it Your loving dominion. Lead us by your grace that we may always be pleasing to you”.
Divine Mercy Sunday
The message of mercy is that God loves us — all of us no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us. We need to trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more graces we will receive.