In 2000, Pope St. John Paul established the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. Every year we hear the same Gospel on this Sunday, the one in which the apostle Thomas encounters the Risen Christ, who invites him to touch His wounds. In the first reading from Acts, Peter is doing what Jesus himself did so often, healing people. We are called to participate in the healing mission of Jesus by having merciful eyes to see the woundedness of people, of our culture, of our very earth. The Hebrew word for mercy (chesed) has extensive meaning but might be best described as the steadfast love of God for humanity. Each of us carries the wounds of life, just as the Risen Lord still did. How have I experienced being healed of these wounds? Who have the healers been in my life? What opportunities is God presenting to me, to help apply the healing, merciful love of God to things and people right around me?
– Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia