Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy)
Lectionary: 45 (NAB Translation)
Happy Easter! Divine Mercy Sunday is the Octave of Easter, and this is a special celebration in which it falls in the Jubilee of Mercy.
The first reading from the book of Acts is the first in our study of the book during the season of Easter. We hear of how the Apostles continue the same work that Jesus was doing before His death and resurrection. At this time, the Church is growing and there are many non-Jewish converts that are very unfamiliar with the History of God’s people or even of Jesus. These surprising miracles aided in converting the unbelieving.
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
- (1) Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.
Revelation 1:9-11A, 12-13, 17-19
This week’s second reading is from the beginning of the book of Revelation. We see that John is receiving the begining of the vision. This is also the first in our study through the season. We see that Jesus appears to John in His glorified form and it terrifies John to the point of fainting, but Jesus brings him up. He reminds John that He has conquered death and has the keys to heaven. This book can be confusing if taken out of context and without knowledge of the symbolism. It was written to encourage a persecuted Church and hide doctoral teaching in the symbolism.
Alleluia John 20:29
- Alleluia, alleluia.
You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are they who have not seen me, but still believe!
This week’s Gospel we see the Apostles have returned to what they knew before called by Jesus. Jesus appears to them and guides them even then on how to do their job. Before Jesus appeared to them again, they had failed miserably, but Jesus tells them exactly how they will be fruitful. Then in a private conversation between Jesus and Peter, we see a merciful Lord giving a new opportunity to amend wrongs. Jesus gives Peter 3 opportunities to proclaim his fidelity and love again in response to his 3 denials from before the crucifixion. This Divine Mercy Sunday, we see that we have a loving God that is willing to always give us another chance. Run to the Father and He will await you with open arms.
Gospel meditation from Bishop Vásquez
How does fear prevent you from speaking of God’s mercy to others and forgiving people who offend you? The first evening of the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to the frightened disciples who had locked themselves in the upper room. The disciples rejoiced when they recognized the Lord. “Peace be with you … I send you” to forgive. How can you make present God’s love and forgiveness to others?