Reflections: 8th April 2018

A Reflection for the Second Sunday of Easter

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Enter ‘Doubting Thomas’ in the Easter drama. On this the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday), the Apostle Thomas stakes his claim in the Gospel story, and his name echoes down the ages in Christian literature, drama, art and theology. He demands the evidence before accepting the claims of the women that the crucified Lord had risen and that Jesus was seen by the Apostles.

“Blessed are those who do not see and yet believe”. “Lord, help our unbelief.” “Jesus, I trust in You!” - trust in the reality of your great love and mercy; You loved us to the end, to the extreme of love, carrying our faults and sins in your suffering and death on the cross, opening the gates of Paradise, interceding for us before the Father and staking a claim for every one of us in your Father’s house. This is indeed Mercy Sunday – a lavish outpouring of divine mercy beyond our wildest dreams.

Responding to Thomas’s demand to verify the reality of your dying and rising, You have left us the testimony of your five glorious wounds, the stigmata. To win over this faithless generation that we live in, you have given us St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Padre Pio, a living testimony in our time to your merciful love and forgiveness. The humble friar of San Giovanni is an outstanding witness in our time to the meaning of your saving sacrifice on the cross, and he offers us the key to accepting our personal sufferings and cross in union with Christ our Saviour, so that our joy may be full.

Padre Pio’s life of painfully suffering the wounds of your passion for fifty years, his dawn-to-dusk ministry in the confessional, and mystical celebration of the Eucharist calls us back to the source of your love and mercy offered to all and which is there for the asking in the sacraments.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you”

Walter McNamara C.S.Sp. – Ordained in 1968, Fr. Walter spent many years in Sierra Leone. He subsequently ministered in Ireland, including as Chaplain in Marian House, and in Australia. He is currently a member of the Spiritan community attached to Rockwell College.