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Back Sunday of Divine Mercy
Sunday, April 11, 2021
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
The Sunday after Easter, Saint Pope John Paul II declared “Divine Mercy Sunday.” It is a fitting image for we always hear the post resurrection story from John’s Gospel of Jesus’ appearance to the disciples in the locked room. Thomas who is not present could represent all of us who came to belief in Jesus after the time of his mortal life and ministry among us. Just as Jesus has mercy upon Thomas and helps him come to faith so too does Jesus show us mercy and continue to urge us on to belief in Him.
This year the church selects for our first reading a description of the life of the early believers from the Acts of the Apostles. “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common” Act 4:32. This is an example of how the early community put the mercy shown them into concrete practice one to another. It may remind you of the way many male and female religious communities live and indeed it was a foundational text for the design of Religious Life.
May the mercy shown Thomas help us to realize the mercy shown to us. May we like the early community begin to image and share that mercy in our life together as an assembly of worshipers, the Church.