April 19, 2020 - 2nd Sunday of Easter

(Acts 2:42–47; 1 Pt 1:3–9; Jn 20:1–9)

The second Sunday of Easter is designated Divine Mercy Sunday. So, how does this feast fit with this week’s Gospel reading? When the reading begins, the disciples are hiding in fear for their lives. Compounding their fear is the recognition that they had abandoned Jesus in his hour of greatest need. They are scared, disgraced, and guilty. At that very moment, Jesus comes—despite the locked doors—to stand in their midst. He offers them both peace and mercy. In addition, he tells them that through the power of the Holy Spirit they, too, will have the ability to extend mercy by forgiving sins. Today’s feast invites us to trust that no matter what wrong we may have done, Jesus loves us and wants us to experience His mercy. The simple prayer “Jesus, I trust in You” sums up the faith we should have in Christ’s mercy.

Part of the trial that our faith undergoes is that we “have not seen Him.” We’re given many signs of His love and mercy, but these often recede into the background of our lives. If we retain an awareness of the special gifts God has given us and the small miracles he has performed in our own lives, then this helps us walk in faith.