This is Divine Mercy Sunday. On this Sunday we are invited to contemplate our own miseries, which Jesus bore on the Cross and which he still bears for us today. To savour God's mercy, we must savour the miseries in our daily lives, travel from slavery born of sin, to liberation born of death and resurrection. The passion and death of the Lord was for the disciples, a real misery, a very painful trial. They knew that the sins of humanity has killed their Master, unjustly. Jesus comes to his disciples, who are totally lost in confidence and desperate. They are invited to live their crosses and will later they will learn to associate it with the passion of Christ. They will do it with joy. If you are not ready to immerse yourself in these miseries, you can never discover the divine mercy.
The disciples find themselves together, certainly in fear and anxiety. "When evening came on that first day of the week, and the doors of the place where the disciples were staying were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, 'Peace be with you. Jesus gives them the Holy Spirit, a new creation, a rebirth, and the Lord's Church is born. It is the Holy Spirit who will animate, purify and teach them, so that they too become animators, purifiers and liberators. They are taught by Jesus to associate their misery with the heart of God.
Thomas is invited to plunge into the misery of his unbelief, so that he may rise from his misery and taste God's mercy. I would rise up and go to my Father. We are that Thomas, unbelievers, still looking for the visible and palpable signs, so that we can rise up, and walk towards the Father who is waiting for us. With Thomas, we will be lifted up, to discover in Jesus, 'My Lord and My God', a wonderful profession of faith. Faith is a gift from God, yet believing is a personal commitment, where we express the foundation of life.
On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we can ask ourselves this question: how do we translate, 'I believe' into simple and understandable terms? In Jesus, the disciples are invited to discover a man who walks through the wall and can be seen and touched, a call to live from vision to faith. Jesus passed on the mission that the Father entrusted to him to his disciples. The disciples of the Lord have passed on to us the mission that Jesus entrusted to them. And what is this mission, the foundation of our faith?
In the death and resurrection of the Lord, we discover an all-powerful God who allows his only Son to die on the cross. A God who desires the conversion of sinners rather than death. He forgives us and is full of goodness and generosity. Jesus is risen and alive. The Holy Spirit loves and protects us. Thanks to Him, we feel a very close and intimate God. Since we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit, this God in the Holy Spirit dwells in us, and we can serve Him, by putting ourselves at the service of the people, the people of God. I believe this truth and I seek this God in myself, in my brothers and sisters and I become this God who loves them and forgives them, who protects them, not because they deserve, but this God who dwells in them, deserves them, this God who dwells in me asks for it. It is here that we become generous like God, learn to forgive easily, and pray for our persecutors. May this divine Mercy Sunday, incite in us, the necessity to forgive, be a living sign of God’s Mercy. Amen.