April 19 – Divine Mercy Sunday
“Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” It is a clarion call to have faith, to believe, even in the face of serious doubts. We find ourselves in challenging times as we struggle with the fear and uncertainty bred by this horrible pandemic. As we enter into the season of Easter we are reminded though of the mercy of God. “His mercy endures forever.” Our Psalm reminds us. We are called – particularly in times of struggle – to see beyond our fears and recognize the hope of our Lord Jesus. On this, Divine Mercy Sunday, Jesus is patient with us as he was with Thomas. He understands our doubts and calms us with His words “Peace be with you!” He is well pleased with those who have total faith with no doubts, but is merciful to those who have doubts and continues to call us to Him in merciful love.
As Vincentians, we minister to those who are hurting and suffering in life. Especially now, we encounter neighbors who have not faced such concerns in the past. As we minister to them and help them to see the hope of tomorrow, we look to grow in holiness by overcoming our own woundedness, fears and prejudices. We are the wounds of Christ that they may see His love and goodness through us and rejoice in the hope he brings them. In the strength of their faith, we are reminded of Christ’s call to us to live in faith even when it is difficult. Together, we say to one another, “Peace be with you!” and we offer the assurance of Christ’s abiding and enduring love and mercy. Am I patient with those I minister to, as Christ is patient with me? Am I merciful to others as He is to me? Does their faith and woundedness help me to be strengthened in my faith and trust in God?
Lord Jesus, help me to overcome my doubts and fears, trusting always in your goodness, mercy and love. Allow me to be the wounds of your cross, which help strengthen the faith and hope of others. Help me to minister with patience and humility, always helping others to see you in all things. We pray all of this in your name. Amen