The resurrection of Our Lord is the hope for every Christian. Jesus has come into our world to bring us divine life, and His resurrection from the dead is a witness that every person is offered this hope of salvation.
Yet, while Our Lord shows the reality of His humanity after He had rose from the dead, He also emphasizes His divinity. Jesus appears to His disciples even though the doors were locked. Jesus walked through walls, and He performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples.
My brothers and sisters, Our Lord Jesus has indeed risen from the dead! This is what we believe as Christians! Yet if we want to reap the benefits of the resurrection, then we must demonstrate we truly believe that Our Lord has risen from the dead by the ways in which we live our lives.
We hear in today’s Gospel that when Thomas witnesses the miracle of Jesus' resurrection, Our Lord asks him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?” Our Lord then adds, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
These words to Thomas are given to us! None of us were there when they crucified our Lord. But, we are Our Lord’s Church today.
We live in a time today where the resurrection of Our Lord is not believed by the majority of the people. Our culture denies the resurrection because we as a people do not live for heaven. Our culture lives for the flesh.
The resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ calls us to live new lives. Every one of us was created by God to live with Him forever in both body and spirit. But we must choose to live with God forever by the ways in which we live our lives.
In today’s second reading (Rev 1:9-19), Saint John is given a vision of the end times. Our Lord tells Saint John, “Write down, therefore, what you have seen, and what is happening, and what will happen afterwards.”
My brothers and sisters, if we want to know what happens afterwards, all we have to do is read the rest of the Book of Revelation. In this book we are told that this world in which we live is going to change drastically. In fact, this world is rapidly changing right now!
Today our Church not only celebrates the resurrection of Our Lord, but today our Church also celebrates Divine Mercy. Our
Our Church was given the revelations of Jesus, Divine Mercy, through a Polish nun, Saint Faustina, who lived during the early 20th century. She lived in a critical time of human history -- the horrors of World War I. But before her death in 1938, she predicted a second world war -- "[another] war, a terrible, terrible war," and asked the nuns to pray for Poland.
Overall, Our Lord’s words to Saint Faustina seem to indicate urgency in presenting Our Lord’s message of salvation. God knew that wars and violence, immorality and dangers, would continue to escalate. And faithful Catholics would desperately need to pray for God’s mercy upon the world. In fact, Our Lord told Saint Faustina that she would be used to help prepare the world for His final coming.
|St Faustina Kowalska|
Secretary of Jesus, Divine Mercy
My brothers and sisters, Our Lord Jesus has indeed risen from the dead, and He is coming again soon as the just judge. But He doesn’t want anyone to perish. This is why Our Lord suffered on the cross and rose again from the dead! Let us believe in the resurrection of Our Lord by the ways in which we live our lives.