"Jesus came and stood among them: and he said unto them, Peace be with you!" John 20:19
On Easter evening, the unbelieving disciple is invited by the Risen Lord to enter into the mystery of his mercy, "put forth your hand and put it into my side ...", enter into the secret of my love. In Jesus, true God and true man, it is right to speak of "visceral" love. It comes from the heart as a deep feeling, natural, made of tenderness and compassion, indulgence and forgiveness.
At Easter, Christ brings to humanity consolation, “The jarring experience of God’s merciful love and his promise of reconciliation, renewal and life eternal”. Pope Francis, General Audience of March 16, 2016
This April 3, Second Sunday of Easter or Sunday of Mercy, will be a unique opportunity to experience the tenderness of the Redeemer, to magnify the infinite love of our God, especially in this holy year.
"In this Jubilee Year, let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us". Pope Francis Bull of Jubilee No. 25
Already in a prayer of the Easter Vigil (after the 7th Reading) we ask God: "
“…grant that we may comprehend your mercy so that the gifts we receive from you this night may confirm our hope of the gifts to come”.
May we know draw from the rivers of infinite mercy to spread it around on all our brothers during this Easter Season!