We also are sent out

Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) by FAN Friend, Tom Mariconda

This reflection was originally posted in our April 5th newsletter

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Year after year, we hear about “doubting Thomas” on the First Sunday after Easter. But this Gospel is actually much larger than the doubt of Thomas. It is about our being empowered by the Spirit to go out into the world to “restore all people to unity with God and each other in Jesus Christ.” This is God’s Mission, and we have all been commissioned to play a part in it by virtue of our baptism.

The doors where the apostles had gathered were locked, trying to keep the unsafe world outside, like many of us have been doing in response to COVID-19. The apostles were afraid for their lives, but locked doors and their own doubting hearts could not stop Jesus from coming to them where they were. Jesus came to them and greeted them with “Peace be with you”. The Apostles rejoiced at seeing their Lord again, but his greeting of peace was not just “Hello” — it was a goodbye as well. Their Lord had risen, but he was also leaving them. His work on earth was finished and he was going to return to the Father. He was commanding them to continue his work of reconciliation to the world. Jesus doesn’t ask the apostles if they want to be sent out into the world to continue the mission he started; he simply sends them out as the Father had sent Him.

We are also sent out each and every day to live the Gospel in the context of our daily lives. Jesus believed that the apostles could continue his work — and so can we. Can we put aside our own doubts and believe that we can make a difference in the world? I truly believe that we can make a difference. Does this mean that we will always succeed in seeing our goals become reality in all cases? The answer is, regrettably, no. But I believe that we can all make a difference in the world by simply standing up and demanding that our society could do better and by giving the gift of our presence, by serving those in need or being a voice that demands justice for the marginalized.

When we get involved in feeding the hungry, providing for the homeless, serving those in need, or demanding that all God’s people be kept safe, we make Christ visible in the world and we do make a difference. We make a difference not only to those we serve, but by opening ourselves to being transformed by the encounter as well. Our call is to simply bring the gifts of our presence, our faith and our hope, so that we can make a difference in the lives of those we encounter daily.

For now, let us always remember the Easter greeting:
The Lord is Risen, Alleluia
He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia

Tom Mariconda, TSSF
FAN Friend

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