Doubt No More

Doubt No More

By Michael Pirri

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe” (John 20.29) Thomas is pointed out to us in today’s Gospel not because his doubt is skepticism, but because his belief is faith. We should believe with the same certainty as Thomas. We cannot see Christ, or feel his wounds, as Thomas did. We can, however, see Him present in those around us. Since 2000, the Catholic Church has observed the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday; the feast day is associated with the apparitions of Jesus to Saint Faustina in the early 20th century. Saint Faustina was able to see Christ, and shared in what she writes in her diary, as ‘God’s loving mercy’ for all people, and especially for sinners. St. John Paul II speaking about the feast day remarked: “Jesus said to St. Faustina one day: “Humanity will never find peace until it turns with trust to Divine Mercy”. Divine Mercy! This is the Easter gift that the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity.” Although we cannot see Christ, we can makr Him present to others. Christ outlines what we now refer to as the Corporal Works of Mercy (serving other’s bodily needs): “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25.35-36) This Divine Mercy Sunday, let us renew our Baptismal call to follow Christ; being of service unto others, may we also be of service to Christ.

Sunday’s Readings:

  • Acts 5.12-16
  • Psalm 118
  • Revelation 1.9-11a, 12-13, 17-19
  • John 20.19-31