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Word of God for the Day - the Second Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday.
(First reading Acts 5: 12-16. Second reading Revelation 1: 9-13, 17-19. Gospel reading John 20: 19-31)
Today is the Divine Mercy Sunday in the Jubilee of Mercy!
We may not hesitate to say that the most attractive name/attribute of God is Mercy. Each of us, deep down in our heart, our conscience and our being, we know that we need God's mercy. We cannot deny this reality about ourselves. We are broken and we make this world broken. We long for the "fullness and wholeness of our existence" and we know that nothing can satisfy us. Mercy of God. Yes, Mercy of God is what we recognize, what we need, and what attract us to return to God and to dwell in God.
Let's us learn from the readings today about the Mercy.
The first two readings of this Divine Sunday tell us about (1)the number of believers growing each day, (2) the marvelous works of God manifested through the presence and preaching of the Apostles, and (3) the revelation of the Jesus as the center of the universe: "Do not be afraid, I am the first and the last, the one who lives. Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I hold the keys of death."
Mercy of God is life itself. Only in God's mercy, we may live because our lives is the unique gift from God who is life and who loves life.
The Gospel reading today tells us the center of the universe is Jesus of Nazareth, who was killed on the cross and who was raised. There is only ONE Jesus. Jesus who entered this world, walked through the journey of life, carried in his physical body many scars of time, especially the scar of his death.
The Gospel reading today tells us that Jesus showed his scars to us. He will return to heaven with these scars. These scars will ever be the sign of God's mercy to human race. These scars will ever be the reminder for us about what we have done on earth. These scars are the invitation for us to enter the reality beyond what we can see. When we see Jesus' scars, we know that He is the person of yesterday and history. When we see Jesus' scars, we know that He is alive and living now. When we see Jesus' scars, we know that our bodies will be transformed in the future/end of time. Jesu of yesterday, today and will be ever the same.
As Christians, we are invited to look at our scars again and again in order to believe that Jesus is the Risen Lord. As Christians, we believe in the resurrection of Jesus. With our profession of faith, we know that we are blessed because we make a real effort to unite our lives with His resurrection, the reality beyond the scars.
Do Jesus' scars help me to have a personal encounter with Jesus like Thomas today?