Divine Mercy Sunday
Posted by prepareformass on April 12, 2009
Sunday April 19 2009 is Divine Mercy Sunday
Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 Jn 5:1-6
The Apostles who bore witness to the resurrection belonged to a community of believers who all were of one accord. They had such trust that they sold all they owned and lay all they had at the feet of the apostles to be distributed according to the need.
There was no needy person among them. The early Christians had a sense of responsibility to assist one another. You could say that they showed great “mercy”. One definition of the word mercy is an “alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed”.
In this light hearted Rosary Army’s “That Catholic Show” video, Jennifer Willits shows how you don’t really need to be a superhero to be charitable. In this video, she reminds us that charity is love in action caring for those under your own roof. Jennifer and her husband Greg can be heard on the Catholic Channel’s “The Catholics Next Door” show 10AM-1PM EST Sirius 159 and XM 117.
Resonsorial Psalm – Ps 118:1 Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, whose love endures forever.
Indeed his mercy endures forever.
This is the one who came through water and blood,
not by water alone, but by water and blood.
The Spirit is the one that testifies,
and the Spirit is truth.
In John 20:19-31 Jesus confers the authority on the apostles to bind and loose sins by breathing on them and saying “receive the Holy Spirit”.
“Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” It is here that Jesus instituted the sacrament of confession and why, although God alone forgives sins, it is necessary to confess sins to a priest and receive absolution.
At first, Thomas did not believe it until he touched the wounds of Christ. But, soon after, Thomas became a beyond the shadow of a doubt believer. The response of Thomas was “the Lord and my God”.
Seeing is believing. But, it takes true faith to believe in something that is not seen. “The Lord and My God”.
Divine Mercy in Song…
In moments of doubt, we can reflect upon Thomas the Apostle and come to believe. We won’t have the opportunity to touch the wounds of Jesus in our earthly lives. But, we do have the example of Thomas. During times of doubt, we can remember how his strong doubt was replaced with undeniable belief. We are blessed that we have the faith of those who have not seen but still believe.
Divine Mercy Sunday is a good time to start praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet.