Sunday, April 7, 2013

Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter…Divine Mercy Sunday 2013


“Many signs and wonders were done among the people at the hands of the apostles.” Our opening line from the Acts of the Apostles reminds each of us to think carefully about the signs and wonders that are taking place in our midst each single day. It is really important for each of us on this Divine Mercy Sunday to open our eyes of faith to the Lord’s goodness. The more we strive to make ourselves aware of the Lord’s goodness and when we take an opportunity to help others to see His mighty hand at work the more we can bring ourselves and others closer to the Lord.

Can you work miracles? Think about that for a moment…can you and I work miracles? The answer is yes…you can work miracles. I work miracles each day when I am faithful to my vocation as a priest, to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, anointing the sick, and forgiving sins. You too can perform miracles when you are faithful to the vocation God has called you and when you live a life committed to the mission of Christ. Caring for your children, caring for a sick relative or friend, reaching out to someone in need, and praying for someone in need of prayers are all ways in which we can perform little miracles in our lives and perhaps be a miracle for someone else.

This Second Sunday of Easter is known as Divine Mercy Sunday. I challenge all of us to take a moment today and spend some time reflecting on how we can be instruments of God’s mercy.