First Reading: Acts 4:32-35
Second Reading: 1 John 5:1-6
Gospel: John 20:19-31

In today's Gospel we are told that it was the presence of the Risen Jesus that made the difference in the life of the disciples. It was His appearance and assurance that removed the initial fears, sadness and doubts of the disciples; that empowered them to become courageous witnesses. Just like the disciples, in our darkest moments, let the Lord's presence be our greatest support, and let His assuring greeting “Peace be with you," be our greatest comfort.

We all have fears. We all have insecurities deep inside, around, and even between and among us! It is the presence of the Lord that can dispel our fears. There are situations and moments where no amount of human assurance, and no amount of human efforts can unlock the prisons that cripple us, and the darkness that envelops us.

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. Yes, God's love and mercy are wider than we can think and imagine! God's ways are not man's ways.

Let us make sure that we do not put God in a box and limit His boundless love. Yes, it is better to be presumptuous of God's love than to doubt God's love. In the end, it is not our righteousness or our goodness that will save us, but God's mercy and love.

Prayer: Lord let your presence, mercy and love be my guiding light and life. Amen

​Fr. Dante