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Fr. Mark’s Desk - April 11, 2021
Second Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday
“Blessed are those who have not seen me and have believed.”

“We all learn from our mistakes.” At least, hopefully we all learn from our mistakes. Some learn immediately, some take time, but eventually our mistakes can become a learning instrument. In the Gospel of John, Thomas makes a mistake. Thomas learns from it immediately. He responds to Jesus by saying: “My Lord, and my God”. The mistake of Thomas is declaring his unwillingness to believe in the Risen Jesus. Of course, he was not the first disciple or witness of Jesus to make a mistake regarding him. There are plenty of examples. The remarkable dimension of Jesus is his willingness to understand our frailties and sinful condition, forgive it, and then encourage his listeners to learn from the forgiveness they / we have received; Go and sin no more!

In a previous passage from John, we are introduced to the Woman at the Well. The history of her sin is made known, but what is of greater significance is the willingness of Jesus to focus on her faith. It is in this focus, that we see the power of God’s mercy and our dependence on it.

Accepting and embracing this mercy from Christ is an extension of our faith in all that God has done and continues to do in and through our lives.

Consequently, we as receivers of mercy are challenged and called to be dispensers of mercy. While many find it hard to say, ‘I am sorry’, it can be harder to say, ‘I forgive you’. Human relationships are damaged greatly by an unwillingness to offer and receive mercy.

The greatest mistake any of us can make regarding the risen Jesus is the mistake that Thomas made, not believing. The doubting Thomas is forgiven… now, what about our doubt?

“Who can detect heedless failings? Cleanse me from my unknown faults. But from willful sins keep your servant; let them never control me. Then shall I be blameless, innocent of grave sin. Let the words of my mouth meet with your favor, keep the thoughts of my heart before you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” - Psalm 19: 13-15

Have a great week!
Fr. Mark Walter - Pastor of St. Linus Parish

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