Divine Mercy Sunday
The second Sunday of Easter is declared as the Divine Mercy Sunday. St. John Paul II formally established this feast on April 30, 2000. This was done on the Occasion of the Canonization of St. Maria Faustina to whom Jesus revealed the Mysteries of the Divine Mercy, which she wrote down in her Diary. Jesus had told St. Faustina, that this Feast of Mercy would be a very special day, on which all the Divine floodgates of Graces are opened.
This weekend, we are honored also with the visit of the Image of Our Lady of Fatima to our parish, on the occasion of the Centennial celebration of the apparition our Blessed Mother Mary in Fatima. This is a great opportunity for all to bring our petitions to Jesus’ most Sacred Heart through Mary our Mother.
Today’s Gospel story points to us Thomas the Apostle’s deeper relationship with the Risen Lord. Thomas had doubts. But the Lord invited him to put his finger into his wounds and believe. Like Thomas, we come to experience Christ through wounds more than through perfection. Today, we are invited to touch and kiss the wounds of Christ in our hungry, poor, abandoned, sick, broken and imprisoned brothers and sisters and also in our own pain and wounds. St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “When you touch the wounds of others, you touch the wounds of Christ.”
Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS