This week is Divine Mercy Sunday. This Sunday is commemorating the visions of St. Faustina in Poland and following the command that Jesus gave her. To establish a chaplet for the intercession of mercy for all. The fact that the commemoration occurs on the second Sunday in Easter is no mere coincidence. This Sunday typically focuses on the infamous gospel passage known as the doubting Thomas story. This particular passage gives Thomas a very bad rap. The reason it is called the doubting Thomas story is because Thomas wanted to see the resurrected Christ. He wanted to put his hands in the wounds feel that Jesus body, soul, and divinity was raised from the dead for himself.
I challenge the notion that it is doubt. Having experienced traumatic grief and processed it, I can understand where Thomas is coming from. He has gone through so much those past few days, literally sequestered in fear for fear of riots and not knowing what was going to happen to him and all of his friends. Just to be told that Jesus is risen is kind of a shell shock. But what does Jesus do, he comes to him, shows him, and not in anger says that there will be people who can not see him resurrected that will believe. I choose to believe that he was showing and allowing Thomas grace. Grace to reconcile his part in hiding, grace to believe again and have hope in the Messiah.
That is what Divine mercy is about. It is allowing us to have grace where we need it. To pray for our souls to experience the mercy of Jesus, offering us all a spiritual healing from things that we are not so proud of.
What do you have hidden that Jesus can help heal? What would it feel like to have that suddenly taken away? That is what the forgiveness that is offered by Jesus can do for us. Lift the weight of an unspeakable burden, and offer us hope. Come and join us this Sunday, and say with us the motto given to Faustina. Jesus I trust in you.