When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord…Then he said to Thomas, Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe. (John 19:20,27)
How fitting is today’s gospel for today’s Feast of the Divine Mercy Sunday. In verse 27, Jesus asked Thomas to put his hand on the side of Christ. Ah this side! It is the same side where the blood and water flowed out from the heart of Jesus as a FOUNTAIN OF MERCY for us as portrayed in the image of the Divine Mercy. In this devotion, Catholics say, “JESUS I TRUST IN YOU!” What a great and proper response this is! Considering that at the end of verse 27, when letting Thomas touch Our Lord’s side, Jesus also said to him, “do not be unbelieving, but believe.” And so to counter our doubting Thomas attitude, we respond, “JESUS I TRUST IN YOU.”
According to the ancient liturgical calendar, this day is also known as “the Sunday in White” (Dominica in Albis) because those newly baptized at Easter wore their white baptismal robes up through that day. A statement attributed to St. Augustine called the whole octave “the days ofmercy and pardon,” and the Sunday “the compendium of the days of mercy.”(1) Now, what does today’s gospel also talk about? It also talks about the Sacrament of Confession by means of which we obtain pardon and mercy from God:
(Jesus) said to them again, Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained. (John 20:21-23 NAB)
May we entrust our lives to the mercy of God! And may the Immaculate Heart of Mary continue to intercede for us! Amen.
- Jesus Asked for Them Both. The Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Divine Mercy, Part Four By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Jun 13, 2012.) http://thedivinemercy.org/library/article.php?NID=2353