Transition to Faith, Peace, and Hope

Reflection for the Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy) by Sr. Marie Lucey, FAN Director of Advocacy and Member Relations.

This reflection was originally posted in our March 26th newsletter

As I write this reflection, the people of Brussels are picking up the pieces physically and emotionally as they mourn Faith Peace and Hopefor those killed and injured in three horrific bombings. Some political voices in the United States are using this terrible event to stir up fear and hate. So it is difficult to transition mentally and emotionally to post-Easter readings. But this is what the Paschal Mystery is all about, isn’t it? We may writhe in physical or mental or spiritual Calvary pain, but we cling to our faith in the Risen Jesus.

In the gospel story of Jesus’ appearance to the disciples, he assuages their fears by saying, three times, “Peace be with you.” In the reading from the Book of Revelation, John is touched by Jesus and hears him say, “Do not be afraid.” Touch is a connection with the gospel when doubting Thomas touches the marks of Jesus’ wounds and believes, never again to waver. I am grateful to Thomas for his transition from doubt to belief. First, it encourages me in my own moments of doubt when the world seems to be falling apart. Also, because in his response to Thomas, Jesus calls us “blessed,” you and me, “…who have not seen and have believed.”

In a world so marked by violence, hate and fear, we must transition to Easter’s promise. We ask to be touched by Jesus and be grateful for the presence of goodness in our families, friends, communities, country and world. We need to pray with the psalmist, “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good…His mercy endures forever!”

Sr. Marie Lucey
FAN Director of Advocacy and Member Relations

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