WITH ST. MARY'S
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
Despite fears, doubts, and misunderstandings, faith allows us to recognize Christ and continue His mission of spreading the Gospel.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
Even if we hold onto doubt and fear, eventually God’s call for us to do something more with our lives will resonate with us, and we will leave behind any doubts and any fears. If we give ourselves completely over to God, He will look upon us with mercy, work through us, and His will can be carried out by our actions.
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Looking at the people who Christ chose and surrounding ourselves with people who have chosen Christ can give us a better understanding of who we are as human beings. God called weak and sinful people to leave their old lives behind them so that He could work through them to make them new. Their weaknesses continued to reveal themselves when they doubted, as we hear in today’s Gospel regarding Thomas, or when they feared what would happen to them, as we hear in the first reading regarding those who were still too afraid to follow the Apostles. All of the people who gave themselves completely over to God who we hear about in today’s readings, such as Peter, John, and Thomas, suffered and most eventually died due to their faithfulness. But if we look at those who follow Christ today, those who have not seen but still believe, we can see the work of the Apostles living on. Although doubt and fear may still creep in, Christians ultimately place their trust in their Lord and their God. If you are allowing doubt and fear to prevent you from chasing after God, see the hope in those who have. God works through them, and God wants to work through you, as well.
Family activity to do at home: Acknowledging the mercy of God will dispel all doubt and fear we may have. Today, the Second Sunday of Easter, is also Divine Mercy Sunday. Not very many Catholics know the blessings that are available to us on this day, so it is highly recommended that you follow this link to learn more about the plenary indulgence you can attain for yourself on this day. Share this information with your children; we want the future generation of the Church to grow up understanding and knowing that God’s mercy is freely given and is readily available to us should we choose to accept it.