DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Sunday of EASTER TIME DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY April 19, 2020 WORD of the DAY Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20: 27-28) How shall I live this Word? Thomas, one of the twelve, was not present when Jesus appeared the to the disciples the first time. He did not believe the testimony of the others who said, “We have seen the Lord!” He put conditions, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Thomas is demanding. This is a grace for us who are so close to his doubting. We are only able to believe when there is proof. However, six days later during a gathering of the community, Jesus again appears. He announces Himself with a word that becomes a wish and a gift, “Peace be with you!” The Teacher does not criticize...

Third Sunday of Easter

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Sunday of Easter, April 15, 2018  WORD of the DAY   While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you… While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”  They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them”.    (Luke 24: 36-43)   How shall I live this Word? “Shalom!  Peace be with you!”  This is the definitive gift of the Risen One.  It is the fulfillment of every human desire as God promised.  But the apostles are still dumbstruck and fearful.  So, the Teacher asks for something to eat.  Luke insists a lot on the body of the Risen One and perhaps he does this thinking of those who, like us, must believe without seeing, without being able to place our finger in the wounds of the One who saved us. Today, Jesus’ presence is given to us in the Eucharist, the divine and very human gift of a closeness and of a love that daily accompanies us.  Not only can we touch...