Bulletin Article for Divine Mercy Sunday (the Second Sunday of Easter) (April 28, 2019)

Happy Easter!

We are still in the Octive of Easter. For eight days the Catholic Church celebrates every day as if it were Easter. So today is still a high feast day. So go out to eat. Get some extra ice cream. Go a little crazy. Jesus has risen from the dead!! Alleluia! 

I probably told this to you last year, but in 2000, Saint Pope John Paul II declared the Sunday after Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday. The Divine Mercy devotion was originated with Saint Faustina Kowalska of Poland in the early 20th century. In her diary (which you can buy and read – and I encourage you to do so – it is good spiritual reading), she describes Jesus’ great desire for us to know and to be open to receiving His great mercy. The devotion states that the Hour of Mercy is 3 PM, the time that Jesus died on the Cross. A common way to live out the devotion is to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. It is super easy. I do it every day. You just need a Rosary. It usually takes me 6-7 minutes to pray the whole Divine Mercy Chaplet. 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus has great mercy on the Apostles, disciples, and especially the Apostle Thomas. Jesus appears to the Apostles and breathes on them. He again gives them the power to forgive sins. However, Thomas was not with them. Thus, He did not believe the other Apostles when they told Him they had seen Jesus. Thomas was not with them. He had given up. He had gone back to his former way of life. But finally they were able to talk Thomas into joining them. And when He did, Jesus appeared again and invited Thomas to believe. 

We are all believers. But we are all believers at different point of the journey. So no matter where you are on the journey, pray for and believe in God’s infinite mercy and believe in Jesus Christ more and more with each passing day.

May Easter Celebrations continue,

Father Vogel