Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Last Message of St. John Paul the Great

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today the glorious Alleluia of Easter resounds. Today’s Gospel from John emphasizes that on the evening of that day he appeared to the Apostles and “showed them his hands and his side” (Jn. 20:20), that is, the signs of the painful passion with which his Body was indelibility stamped, even after the Resurrection. Those glorious wounds which he allowed doubting Thomas to touch eight days later, reveal the mercy of God who “so loved the world that he gave his only Son” (Jn. 3:16).

This mystery of love is at the heart of the liturgy today, the Second Sunday of Easter, dedicated to the Divine Mercy. As a gift to humanity, which sometimes seems bewildered and overwhelmed by the power of evil, selfishness and fear, the Risen Lord offers his love that pardons, reconciles, and reopens hearts to love. It is a love that converts hearts and gives peace. How much the world needs to understand and accept Divine Mercy!

Lord, who reveal the Father’s love by your death and resurrection, we believe in you and confidently repeat to you today: Jesus, I trust in you, have mercy upon us and upon the whole world. 

–Last message of Pope John Paul II (Observatore Romano, 30 March 2005... via the Catholic Exchange)

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