Today is Mercy Sunday. It is of course the second Sunday of Easter.
The focus of this Sunday’s readings is the Post Resurrection experience.
In the Gospel the Risen Jesus keeps repeating: ‘Peace be with you.’
Jesus who has confronted the power of evil, sin, and death is victorious.
Peace is offered to all by him, peace of conscience, peace of heart.
Jesus said that he came as a doctor to bring healing to those who are sick . He reached out to sinners, he welcomed back those called ‘sinners’ and ‘bad’ people by others.
St Maria Faustyna Kowalska (1905 -1938) was a Polish nun who had various mystical experiences and visions of Jesus.
She is known as the ‘Secretary of Divine Mercy’.
The message from Jesus through her was a call to conversion and repentance.
This message was given on the threshold of World War II.
We know what unspeakable evils happened in that war.
The call to conversion is as valid today as it was in St Faustyna’s time.
Repentance means that by the grace of God we have a firm purpose of repentance, of letting go of what is not life-giving in our lives.
Jesus met people where they were and helped them to change.
We must never despair of God’s love .
We must never let our mistakes stop us from allowing God to heal us again.
The attitude of some of the Jewish leaders and the Pharisees blocked people from experiencing Mercy.
Jesus who is God’s Love manifest among us, liberates and offers Peace.
We are his instruments of liberation and peace.