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At the same time, Jesus also presents us with a particular challenge on this day. He asks us to imitate his example and be “apostles of mercy” to those we meet and encounter.
Pope Francis is always mindful of this call of our Lord and last year in his homily for Divine Mercy Sunday challenged us to follow that call.
“In God’s mercy, all of our infirmities find healing. His mercy, in fact, does not keep a distance: it seeks to encounter all forms of poverty and to free this world of so many types of slavery. Mercy desires to reach the wounds of all, to heal them. Being apostles of mercy means touching and soothing the wounds that today afflict the bodies and souls of many of our brothers and sisters. Curing these wounds, we profess Jesus, we make him present and alive; we allow others, who touch his mercy with their own hands, to recognize him as “Lord and God” (Jn 20:28), as did the Apostle Thomas. This is the mission that he entrusts to us.”
As members of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network , this is also our mission. We are called to recognize the many challenges that confront humanity and to go out in prayer and action to “soothe” the wounds we find. As we continue to celebrate the beauty of the Easter season, let us go out into the world, renewed by Christ’s mercy to us and be “apostles of mercy” to those most in need of healing.
- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)