The Gift of Divine Mercy

Oh, doubting Thomas. We know him well, don’t we? Have you ever found yourself in his shoes? Feeling doubtful about the Lord’s promises. Asking for a sign, for proof that He is Who He says He is. I have been there, and my heart goes out to Thomas. How his heart must have ached! How it must have disappointed him to hear that the Risen Lord had come, and he had missed it.

I wonder, how often does the Risen Lord come into my life and I miss it?

The good news is this, sisters: as we celebrate in a special way on this Second Sunday of Easter, we are the beloved disciples of a merciful Lord. Jesus Christ, our Messiah, is Divine Mercy incarnate.

Jesus’s mercy knows no bounds. He is patient; He is kind. He comes back for Thomas, just as He comes back to us. He reveals His hands and His side, as He will reveal Himself to us again and again, each time offering us a chance to receive His merciful love, if only we have the faith. If only we believe.

Our belief is the key: “The victory that conquers the world is our faith. Who indeed is victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4b-5) When we believe, we open ourselves to receive God’s Divine Mercy—everlasting Love poured out for us. In faith, we have the opportunity to enter into relationship with Jesus. As we grow in vulnerability with the Lord, we can show Him our own wounds and allow Him to touch them. And then, Jesus, who is Mercy, can heal us. Our Resurrected Lord will make all things new.

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As we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, let us pray, “Jesus, I trust in You.” How great is your belief as you pray this seemingly simple prayer?

Elise Howe is a devoted wife, momma, vocal artist and teacher. She currently resides in New York City, though she will always be a Midwestern gal at heart. Elise has a heart for ministry, dark chocolate (but not too dark) and coffee with a generous amount of cream + sugar. Find out more about her here.

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