Divine Mercy Sunday

Tonight is my fathers wake. As I listened to the Mass reading today realized that the Gospel was especially appropriate. It reads...

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, "Peace be with you."
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
"Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained."

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord."
But he said to them,
"Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."

Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe."
Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

John 20:19-31

I hate (and I really mean this) to say many of my relatives are either lazy Catholics, or out right atheistic. Some have fallen away because they are from the northeast and the Church stands for right thinking which conflicts with their political views. Some sadly are conservative but deny God his place because they have worked all their lives, made their own way and figure God wasn't their for them.
There are some who married outside the faith and were too weak in their Faith (even though they went to prestigious Jesuit Universities) and were lead away by their spouses. My father was none of these. He was completely "orthodox" as in right thinking. He chastised his sisters, and brother for not going to Mass, and not setting the example for their children.

Like Didimus, they seem to be saying, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." My father did not see yet he believed, and as he believed so did he pray. I am and have been gratified by the knowledge that in his last months with us he was in communication with Our Lord through the Blessed Sacrament. I am certain that far above the ministering of my mother and sister, who have received enumerable graces, the Eucharist is what prepared him the best. I am thankful of that and I thank God that He provided him with the sanctifying grace that the Sacrament brings.

For my mother I add this from the book of Sirach

Happy the husband of a good wife, twice-lengthened are his days; A worthy wife brings joy to her husband, peaceful and full is his life.
A good wife is a generous gift bestowed upon him who fears the LORD;
Be he rich or poor, his heart is content, and a smile is ever on his face.

Sirach 26: 1-4

My father lived 6 months from the time my mother made the decision to bring him home from the hospital, he was given 3 months to live.

Thank you to all those that have sent a comment to my article about the death of my father, I appreciate all those who are taking the time to send condolences.

On Divine Mercy Sunday,


1 comment:

elena maria vidal said...

My deepest sympathy to you, Richard.