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2 Nd Sunday of Easter 10

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Sunday of Easter—Divine Mercy Sunday (Cycle C) – April 11, 2010Scripture ReadingsFirst
Acts 5:12-16
Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19
John 20:19-31Prepared by: Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.1.
Subject Matter
The miracle of the unity of the first believers
Divine mercy
The significance of the risen Christ’s wounds2.
Exegetical Notes
“They were all together in Solomon’s portico…. The people esteemed them:” “The work ofsigns and wonders continues by means of the hands of the apostles. The apostles gather ata known locale so that people know where to come. These signs underscore that God is atwork.” (Darrell L. Bock)
“Peace be with you:” “The disciples are drawn into the unity and mission of Father and Son.”(Andreas J. Kostenberger)
“I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever….” “The Lord of life is paradoxically onewho was dead, that is to say someone very much rooted in history and its conflicts. TheChurch is able to confront death valiantly because it is in the hands of the Lord of life.” (TheInternational Bible Commentary)3.
References to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
"Christ bestowed unity on his Church from the beginning. This unity, we believe, subsistsin the Catholic Church as something she can never lose, and we hope that it will continue toincrease until the end of time." Christ always gives his Church the gift of unity, but the Churchmust always pray and work to maintain, reinforce, and perfect the unity that Christ wills forher. This is why Jesus himself prayed at the hour of his Passion, and does not cease prayingto his Father, for the unity of his disciples: " That they may all be one. As you, Father, are inme and I am in you, may they also be one in us, . . . so that the world may know that youhave sent me." The desire to recover the unity of all Christians is a gift of Christ and a call of
the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel is the revelation in Jesus Christ of God's mercy to sinners.
Incorporated into Christ by Baptism, Christians are "dead to sin and alive to Godin Christ Jesus" and so participate in the life of the Risen Lord. Following Christ andunited with him, Christians can strive to be "imitators of God as beloved children, andwalk in love" by conforming their thoughts, words and actions to the "mind . . . whichis yours in Christ Jesus," and by following his example.
Patristic Commentary and Other Authorities
St. Thomas Aquinas: “God is merciful. He works above his justice, not against it. When yougive two hundred pieces from your own money to a man who is owed one hundred byanother, you are acting, not against justice, but from liberality and mercy So it is when youforgive an injury, for forgiveness is like giving a present:
bestow on one another even as Christ has pardoned you 
. Mercy is the fulfillment of justice, not the abolition:
mercy rejoiceth against judgment 
Venerable John Paul II: “In Christ and through Christ, God also becomes especially visible inhis mercy; that is to say, there is emphasized that attribute of the divinity which the OldTestament, using various concepts and terms, already defined as ‘mercy.’ Christ confers onthe whole of the Old Testament tradition about God’s mercy a definitive meaning. Not onlydoes he speak of it and explain it by the use of comparisons and parables, but above all hehimself makes it incarnate and personifies it. He himself, in a certain sense, is mercy. To theperson who sees it in him—and finds it in him—God becomes ‘visible’ in a particular way asthe Father ‘who is rich in mercy.’”
Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar: “So you, too, come up Thomas. Come forth from your cave ofsorrows. Put your finger here and see my hands. Extend your hand and place it in my side.And do not think that your blind suffering is more clairvoyant than my grace…. But since youare so wounded and the open torment of your heart has opened up to the abyss of your veryself, put out your hand to me and, with it, feel the pulse of another Heart: through this newexperience your soul will surrender and heave up the dark gall which it has long collected. Imust overpower you. I cannot spare exacting from you your melancholy—your most-lovedpossession. Give it to me, even if it costs you your soul and your inner self thinks it must die.Give me this idol, this cold stony clot in your breast, and in its place I will give you a newheart of flesh that will beat to the pulse of my own Heart. Give me this self of yours, whichlives on its not being able to live, which is sick because it cannot die. Let it perish, and youwill finally begin to live. You are enamored of the sad puzzle of your incomprehensible ego.But you have already been seen through and comprehended, for look: if your heart accusesyou, I am nevertheless greater than this your heart, and I know everything. Dare to make theleap into the Light! Do not take the world to be more profound than God! Do not think that Icannot make short work of you! Your city is besieged, your provisions are exhausted: youmust capitulate. What could be simpler and sweeter than opening the door to love? Whatcould be easier than falling to one’s knee and saying: ‘My Lord and my God!’”?
Msgr. Luigi Giussani: “The Church presents itself to the observer as
…. We cansee how the Church began: it literally allowed itself to ‘be seen’ under Solomon’s Portico, it
proposed itself through the mere sight of it, through a first perception which can only bedescribed as community…. The visible ‘we’ was the first feature of the Church’s face that anobserver could have photographed…. Those who would gather under Solomon’s Porticowere the first sign. That emergent group of people presented themselves as people who,having the living presence of Christ among them, were the almost physiological continuity ofthat reality, bonded as they were to that living presence in the concreteness of daily, familylife.5.
Examples from the Saints and Other Exemplars
From the Diary of St. Faustina:I want to love you as no human soul has ever loved you before; and although I am utterlymiserable and small, I have nevertheless cast the anchor of my trust deep down into theabyss of your mercy, O my God and Creator! In spite of my great misery I fear nothing,but hope to sing you a hymn of glory for ever. Let no soul, even the most miserable, fallprey to doubt; for, as long as one is alive, each one can become a great saint, so great isthe power of God’s grace. It remains only for us not to oppose God’s action.O Jesus, ifonly I could become like mist before your eyes, to cover the earth so that you would notsee its terrible crimes. Once, after an adoration for our country, a pain pierced my soul,and I began to pray in this way: “I beg you, Jesus, look not on our sins, but on the tears oflittle children, on the hunger and cold they suffer. Jesus, for the sake of these innocentones, grant me the grace that I am asking of you, for my country.” At that moment, I sawthe Lord Jesus, his eyes filled with tears, and he said to me, “You see, my daughter, whatgreat compassion I have for them. Know that it is they who uphold the world.”6.
Quotations from Pope Benedict XVI
“Risen, Jesus gave his disciples a new unity, stronger than before, invincible because it wasfounded not on human resources but on divine mercy, which made them all feel loved andforgiven by him. It is therefore God's merciful love that firmly unites the Church, today as inthe past, and makes humanity a single family; divine love which through the Crucified andRisen Jesus forgives us our sins and renews us from within.”
“Charity transcends justice and completes it in the logic of giving and forgiving.
earthly city 
is promoted not merely by relationships of rights and duties, but to an even greater andmore fundamental extent by relationships of gratuitousness, mercy and communion. Charityalways manifests God's love in human relationships as well, it gives theological and salvificvalue to all commitment for justice in the world.”
“Even in the most difficult and complex times, besides recognizing what is happening, wemust above all else turn to God's love. Development requires attention to the spiritual life, aserious consideration of the experiences of trust in God, spiritual fellowship in Christ, relianceupon God's providence and mercy, love and forgiveness, self-denial, acceptance of others, justice and peace. All this is essential if hearts of stone are to be transformed into hearts offlesh (
36:26), rendering life on earth divine and thus more worthy of humanity. All thisis
of man,
because man is the subject of his own existence; and at the same time it is
of God,
 because God is at the beginning and end of all that is good, all that leads to salvation.”

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