GOD’S MERCY, THE NECESSITY OF TRUSTING FAITH
The readings for this Sunday are about God’s mercy, the necessity of trusting Faith and our need for the forgiveness of our sins. God revealed His mercy, first and foremost, in sending His only-begotten Son to become our Saviour and Lord through His suffering, death and Resurrection. Divine Mercy is given to us also in each celebration of the Sacraments, instituted to sanctify us.
Today’s Gospel vividly reminds us of how Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a sacrament of Divine Mercy. The Risen Lord gave his apostles the power to forgive sins with the words, “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained" (Jn 20:19-23). Presenting the doubting Thomas’ famous profession of Faith, “My Lord and my God,” the Gospel illustrates how Jesus showed his mercy to the doubting apostle and emphasizes the importance of Faith.
Excerpt from Homilies of Fr. Anthony Kadavil on John 20: 19-31 available at http://stjohngrandbay.org