Beloved in Christ, this morning’s liturgy concludes the celebration of the Octave of Easter. Also on this second sunday of Easter every year, we have the same gospel reading though the other two readings vary depending on the liturgical year. Today is the day set aside to reflect on the mercy of God. Therefore, the second sunday of Easter is known as Divine Mercy sunday and it was established by Pope John Paul II on 30th April, 2000 in fulfilment of the messages received by Sr. Faustina Kowalska, a polish Nun from our Lord Jesus Christ. It is against this background that I have choosen ” GOD’S MERCY : AN INVITATION” as our theme for today. This is to help us appreciate our need for the Mercy of God, for in the words of Pope John Paul II the modern world is in need of mercy even though they often do not realise it.
Beloved, in relation to God we have two understanding, namely,
a). Not getting something bad that one deserves. For example, our sins which represents a rejection of God’s love deserves punishment but God does not punish us according to our sins.
b). Getting the good that one does not deserve.
Thus, it is the mercy of God that gives us the confidence to resolve to make frequent confession. We are therefore invited not to attend confession for the sake of fulfilling a requirements but to see the sacrament of reconciliation as an opportunity to start afresh. Hence, what draws us to confession is the assurance of God’s mercy irrespective of the sins we have committed.
Beloved in Christ, it will therefore be unfortunate to someone to visit the sacrament of reconciliation and lie on account of familiarity with the Priests. Today ask yourself what is your motivation whenever you visit the sacrament of reconciliation, is it to receive God’s Mercy or to show youself as not so great a sinner to the Priest. Thus, God’s mercy is an invitation to make confession sincere and truthful without pretending, for God knows and sees everything that we do, even the ones we do in secret.
My dear friend, today also being the second sunday of easter our gospel reading reminds us that we have two ways of coming to faith in the resurrection of Jesus, , namely, either by spiritually experiencing him in our hearts or through the use of our reasoning. The use of the reasoning is derived from the changes in the apostles on Good Friday and on Easter . In fact we can also trust the evidence of Scripture. In this regard believing without seeing is possible.
Also the first reading reminds that Unity is a fruit of the resurrection, for the whole group of believers were united in one heart and mind. And the effect of this unity is caring for one another. This is a clear indication that what we celebrate as Christians should reflect in how we live our lives.
Kindly share this homily with your friends to remind them of their need of God’s mercy.
This has been Fr. Dolphyne’s presentation for Divine Mercy Sunday or Second Sunday of Easter.
May God richly bless you.