April 8, 2018
by Carol Zuegner
Creighton University's Journalism Department
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Second Sunday of Easter
(Or Sunday of Divine Mercy)
Lectionary: 44

Acts 4:32-35
Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 Jn 5:1-6
John 20:19-31

Celebrating Easter

Easter Prayer for Today

"Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy." Introducing the Year of Mercy

Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer

Pope Francis on Divine Mercy Sunday, 2015

Pope Francis on Divine Mercy Sunday, 2016

"Mercy with Misery" At the conclusion of the Year of Mercy

Today’s Gospel story is a familiar one, the story itself and the familiar term of Doubting Thomas. When I think of Thomas, he carries that doubting tag. Hah, I think to myself, that wouldn’t have been me. I don’t have to see Jesus to believe.

But then, doubt creeps in.

When I reflect on it, I feel I should give Doubting Thomas the benefit of the doubt. I’ve heard my entire life about Jesus and the resurrection, about God made man. Thomas was able to meet Jesus and be with him, but Thomas knew Jesus as a man. Jesus understood he was asking a lot of the apostles and Thomas. He gently tells Thomas: “Blessed are those who have not seen and believed.”

We all doubt. We doubt our own ability. We doubt our loved ones. We don’t feel confident in what we believe. We feel abandoned. We are not sure we are worth much.

The good news: We can believe in Jesus, in the crucifixion and the resurrection. Even if we can’t touch the nail marks or the scourges in Jesus’ side, we can believe in the presence of Jesus in our lives.

And if we believe in that presence, we have to erase the doubt about ourselves and others. Today also is the Sunday of Divine Mercy, fitting as God’s mercy compels us to act, to forgive, to console, to help. Acting with mercy compels us to overcome our doubts about ourselves and about others. I can help. I can contribute. I can see the God in others and in myself.

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