(Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 117(118); 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31)
Theme: We Walk By Faith
My dear brothers and sisters, the first reading notes that after embracing the gospel message of the resurrection, “the whole community of Christians remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers”. But as Christians today, how do we remain faithful during this tragic moment of confinement? How do we overcome fear or wipe away tears when some have lost loved one and their means of livelihood? How do we roll away from our hearts the heavy stones of Covid-19?
First, we must not forget that our faith is not based on signs and wonders; our faith is not based on bread alone, or on quasi miracles. Rather, our faith is based on the fact that the Lord is risen, and we are – based on the teachings Apostles and the Church – children of the resurrection. In other words, we are called children of God because of the Resurrection.
Thus, St Thomas Aquinas notes that the resurrection of Jesus confirms our belief in Christ’s Godhead. Besides, the resurrection of Jesus reminds us that we will surely rise again on the last day. Hence, in today’s second reading St Peter notes that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead strengthens our hope in the promise of an inheritance that can never be spoilt or soiled and never fade away. Therefore, we must not allow the lockdown, fears, anxieties, headaches of Covid-19 to suppress our thoughts about Jesus the redeemer and provider. We will surely survive and rise above this moment of pains and tears because Jesus has not finished his work of salvation through us. Jesus will surely turn our mourning into dancing. Thus, let us rejoice with the Psalmist today because Jesus’ love for you and me has no end. The Prophet Isaiah reminds us in 49:8 that the Lord will surely answer and raise us up and help us in the day of salvation.
If we will be delivered in the day of salvation, then we must not entertain the fear of the unknown. Jesus will address our doubts and confusions as he did with Thomas in today’s gospel. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says we must walk by faith and not by sight. As children of the Resurrection, we are invited to be open to the Lord, and to freely accept his mercies. On this day of Mercy, we are called also to spread the love, compassion and mercy of Christ.