JESUS IS THE FACE OF THE FATHER'S MERCY
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
The disciples were locked in the house, with the doors closed, there was an atmosphere of fear, of disappointment, they had lost their Lord, their friend, and they were disoriented. All had forgotten the words of hope that Jesus had told them before his death.
Suddenly, there is Jesus in their midst. He is present in spite of the locked door; he is not the same as before, he is present in a new way.
In a new way that makes it possible for him to be with me and with you today. He offers us his life and He is giving us the possibility of being new people similar to him. He is giving us Peace: “Peace be with you” is his greeting to his disciples and to us. Where Jesus is truly present, there is peace. Jesus is full of peace and mercy. He shows us the Father´s mercy and his love for us.
Pope Francis says: “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father´s mercy. Mercy has become living a visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching his culmination in him. The Father, “rich in mercy” after having revealed his name to Moses as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, an abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness”…” The Father “sent his only San into The world…to reveal his love for us in a definitive way. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father. Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God.
Peace, love and mercy are the characteristics of the follower of the risen Lord; they are part of the new identity of the believer in Jesus. They are necessary to build the new person in Christ, the new society and a new world.
Jesus is among us ... are we with him? The joy that the disciples experienced will also be ours as we identify with the life and values of the risen Jesus.
Everything depends on us