During the season of Lent we reflected on the wounds of Jesus. During the Easter season we can continue that focus, this time on the wounds of the Risen Jesus. As the Holy Father reminds us on the second Sunday of Easter which Saint John Paul II wished to dedicate to Divine Mercy, the Lord shows St Thomas his wounds.  They are wounds of mercy.  Jesus invites us to behold these wounds, to touch them as Thomas did, to heal our lack of belief.  Above all, he invites us to enter into the mystery of these wounds, which is the mystery of his merciful love.

Faced with the tragic events of human history, and our own problems, we can feel crushed at times, asking ourselves, “Why?”.  “How” do we overcome this evil?  For us it is impossible; only God can fill this emptiness that evil brings to our hearts and to human history.  It is Jesus, God made man, who died on the Cross and who fills the abyss of sin with the depth of his mercy. Let us touch the wounds of the Risen Jesus during this Easter season and feel his merciful presence in our lives.

– Fr. Aniceto Pereira