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New Life: Living in God’s Mercy
By Mike Field
Divine Mercy Sunday – April 8th, 2018
John 20:19-31

Today’s Gospel portrays the Mercy of God.  Did you catch that?

Let’s take a look at Thomas – one of the 12 apostles.  He was not present when Christ appeared in the locked room.  Christ came to offer them Peace.  Upon Thomas hearing it, he did not believe the others.  He didn’t believe his best friends – people he spent the last three years with traveling alongside the person they had claimed to have just seen.  They saw Jesus, the one who was dead, but now lives.  He didn’t buy what his friends were selling.  Are there times when we don’t buy what our friends are telling us even when it is true?

Sure, God could have let that go and Thomas could have missed out on the same gift the others received, but that is where his Mercy comes into the story without it being directly coming out and saying it.  It was very subtle, but one we have the attention of Mercy, it hits us right in the face.  Look at Jesus’ response, it was not one of anger, it was of love and mercy.  Come see me, touch me.  To that, I could imagine what Thomas was feeling based on his reaction: shame and embarrassment.  We don’t hear his friends mocking him, or saying I told you so.  We need to keep that in mind too.

When it comes to God’s Mercy, I always think of Justice as well.  I think, “How can God be so merciful and just at the same time?  Is he saying its ok, I’ll forget about my justice and let this slide?”  Not at all!! God’s mercy is His justice.  He promises throughout Salvation History point to His mercy, His promise that He made to His people and even the promise He made to Adam and Eve after the fall: (from Gen chapter 3:15)[1] – I will make this right, that is My promise.

Salvation History promises us God setting it right – his justice working in his mercy.  What do we need to do? Accept it, accept the mercy, accept the invitation of allow Christ to love you.  Christ is the fulfillment of the promise.  It is in Christ that the Mercy of God flows.

Why else would Jesus reveal himself in such an intimate way to a Polish woman, now St. Faustina?  That Mercy is not only for the people of the Bible but for all of us.  Enter into that Mercy.  Enter into that invitation that allows us to be adopted as a family member of God.

[1] “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; They will strike at your head, while you strike at their heel.”  This verse is known as the “protoevangelium” – meaning first Gospel.

 

 

 

 

 

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