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2nd Sunday of Easter

Sunday, April 19, 2020

The death and resurrection of Jesus surprisingly brings fruits. Many of the people start to live in the Holy Spirit of Jesus, who on resurrection day brings a salutary fruit of his performance – a peace to the human hearts as an effect of his sacrificial reconciliation with God himself. The first reading speaks today about this. And exactly with the same message of peace and the possibility to receive a forgiveness of sins in the name of Jesus come from the Resurrected Lord to his apostles on the first day of the week. The only obstacle for Jesus are not closed doors behind were hidden the disciples in the caenaculum (Latin for a room where they have shared the Last Super with Jesus) fearing the Jewish people. Neither any doors of space, or time were obstacles to reach the people; only their closed and hardened hearts insensible to salutary message of Jesus which comes from his cross and resurrection. However, a mystery of reconciliation and Divine Mercy still last in His Church which has received this mission from his Founder. “Peace be with you” we hear the words of Jesus to his disciples gathered in the caenaculum, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you,” and then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” It is enough to have a faith in the power of Jesus and a humble heart to reach the fruits and you don’t have to be a witness of those salutary events. From a historical and logistical point of view it is even impossible that everyone could touch the physical wounds of Jesus after his crucifixion as Thomas called the incredulous did. Only from a mystical point of view, meaning, from the mystery of the Eucharist in which the people can participate in the name of faith in Jesus Christ, everyone has access to Divine Mercy receiving greater merits according to the words of Jesus who said “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” This can be said about us.