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Second Sunday of Easter
Mercy Sunday

Acts 5:12-16
Revelation 1:9-11, 12-13, 17-19
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
John 20:19-31

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am i thomas' twin?

"Do not persist in your unbelief, but believe!" —John 20:27

If we are honest with ourselves, we may admit that we're like doubting Thomas. Our faith in the resurrection may not be strong. For instance, in our funeral homes and funeral Masses do we proclaim the resurrection? Are we so taken up with Jesus' resurrection that we center our lives on celebrating it each Sunday? Do we see our bodies and sexuality differently because we know these bodies will rise to live eternally? Do we devote much of our finances and energies to proclaiming the resurrection? Our lives speak louder than our words. We may believe in the resurrection theoretically, but also have a lack of faith (see Mk 9:24) to live it out in practical ways.

We need the Holy Spirit to confirm us, to renew the sacrament of Confirmation in our lives. Jesus is breathing on us and saying: "Receive the Holy Spirit" (Jn 20:22). He's giving us the grace to respond: "My Lord and my God!" (Jn 20:28) By the power of the Spirit, this Easter can be a new act of faith rather than a continuation of doubt.

Jesus offered Thomas the opportunity to receive mercy, to atone for his fearfulness, his absence, his doubt. Jesus invites us who also fear, absent ourselves, and doubt, to come out of the tomb of doubt into the risen light of faith. Accept Jesus as Lord of your life and receive the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:  Jesus, today may I accept the grace to believe so strongly in Your resurrection that I will live and even die for You.

Promise:  "Once I was dead but now I live — forever and ever. I hold the keys of death." —Rv 1:18

Praise:  Praise You, Jesus, Mercy Incarnate! You are "rich in mercy" (Eph 2:4), "a merciful and gracious God" (Ex 34:6). All glory and praise be to You. Alleluia!

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Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 9, 2009

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