Second Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy)
April 3, 2016
“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
his love is everlasting.”
Only ten days ago, many of us heard the piercing questions set in the Good Friday Reproaches. Phrased as questions Jesus could have asked the Jewish people at the crucifixion, it becomes clear in the response (“Holy and Immortal One, have mercy on us”) that these questions are addressed to us as followers of Jesus, for we are the wild olive branch grafted by Christ and the Spirit onto the tree of Jewish faith in the One God (Romans 11:17). These are universal questions that Jesus asks any of us who call ourselves “Christian.” “My people, what have I done to you? Or how have I grieved you? . . . What more should I have done for you and have not done? . . . And you hung me on the scaffold of the Cross.”
Remember God’s word to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden? “From that tree you shall not eat; when you eat from it you shall die.” Or God’s words to the prophet Ezekiel? “The one who sins will die.” Or Paul’s words to the Romans? “For the wages of sin is death.” In perfect justice, God could instantly strike any one of us dead at any given moment when we sin. But God does not do so. The Holy One shows us divine mercy and patiently waits, “not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
So on this Octave of Easter—this Divine Mercy Sunday—during this Year of Mercy, let us remember God’s divine mercy which waits, and waits, and waits for us. May we be as patient and merciful with others as God is with us!
Loving and merciful God, remind us of your eternal mercy extended to us day after day.
Help us to be merciful and patient with our musicians, our music directors,
our clergy, our parishioners, our family, our friends, and our neighbors.
Lyle D. Peters
Saint Joseph Catholic Community