DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY, YEAR B.
11th April, 2021
Acts 4:32-35; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31.
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday! The Risen Lord displayed the power of forgiveness on the cross of Cavalry. He cried out from the anguish of the cross to his Father to forgive his executioners for they do not know what they were doing. The Risen Lord is aware of our compulsive self-destructive quest for autonomy. The crowd at his passion demanded the release of Barnabas the murderer, while they accused and supported the crucifixion of the Holy One, the Just One, Prince of Life. This foolishness of the crowd is the self-destructive character of every sin.
In the gospel the Risen Lord commanded his disciples to forgive sins through the Grace of the Holy Spirit. Salvation from self-destructive quest for autonomy can only come through the forgiveness of sins by the grace of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to repeat the Divine Mercy that flowed from the cross of Calvary. Forgiveness is the assurance of a healthy relationship with God and neighbour. It is Divine Mercy because it is the work of God, a mystery beyond any intellect, human or angelic. The Risen Lord said that he is sending his disciples to forgive through the grace of the Holy Spirit the same way his Father sent him. We share in the mystery of God when we forgive through the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Peace comes through the forgiveness of sins! We maintain our relationships through the love of bearing with one another in our weaknesses. The pandemic has reminded us of our dependency on each other. The vaccine roll out is a proof that no nation is safe until the whole world is vaccinated. Forgiveness will enable us to foster this dependency in a healthy manner. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to help us to forgive and live peacefully.
Fr Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.