Second Sunday of Easter
April 19, 2020
Ps 118:1-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 Peter 1:3-9
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
Judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13
When Adam and Eve were made , they were given the gift of life free and abundant. They were created even in free will to show that God is freedom and liberty. God gave all that they wanted but warned them to be away from Evil and disobedience. God made them in his own image of love and loved them first. All the things Humans possessed in their life was free gift of God. Man disobeyed the Commandments of God , made friendship with Evil and lost the free access to God’s Possessions which were given freely to Human. Human lost the image of God and lived in guilt and shame of Sin.
Jesus came in to this earth , died and resurrected and removed us away for our guilt and shame of Sin and recreated us in his image of love.( 1Pet 1:3, Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead). Jesus ascended in to Heaven after his resurrection and poured out Holy spirit , the image and love of God. This action is called redemption of our Sins and new life through his resurrection. Again Jesus recreated Human by giving him the abundant life in free and as a gift.
God’s Mercy or God’s love sustains the whole Earth (Hebrews 1:3, “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,”). It is not money rule the Earth but the love of God. Love of the World takes man away from God’s love .
Jesus has given us his mercy of God’s love freely by pouring out the Holy Spirit upon us but why we are not able to live a life full of God’s mercy and abundance. Adam and Eve disobeyed God by making friendship with Devil and lost their free gifts of God’s Mercy.
If I talk about myself , I was living a Worldly life by aiming only one purpose to make Money and be rich by hook or crook . In this rat race ,the Lord through his great mercy and love showed his mercy and love and removed me from the rut of Worldly life, very miraculously and filled me with the Holy spirit, without my will power or human intervention. Jesus showed his mercy of Salvation free without any of my pre-planning but in a miracle, like Paul experienced in his life. All the rest of my life was that to keep the Word of God and listen to the Prompting of the Holy spirit. There was not a single case God was not faithful to his promises in my life but always listened to my Prayers in his own ways .
God reveals himself to each and every Individual his mercy of salvation to recreate them in his own image but human refuses his Salvation. If we see our own Salvation experience , it was free , miraculous , full of love and with power of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel of Salvation is like a Bright Sun , no one on this Earth can deny that they are exposed to the Sun because the light of the Sun reaches darkest areas of this World. The Sun light is free and available abundantly but if we keep ourselves away from the Sun and live in darkness then we are responsible for our own state of life. The Gospel of Jesus is the love of God , which fills us and overflows to others , if we do not experience the love of God , then it will be very difficult to pass on to others.
The word Mercy is basically a extreme form of love which a person can show to another. God showed his mercy upon us by dying for our Sins on the Cross . Every person who has experienced the Mercy of God is an instrument of God’s Mercy . There are no two ways in it, it is by default one activity . A person who is not merciful towards others is not in a state of God’s grace and mercy in his life. I have seen some people who have a very Contemplative Spirituality with consecrated life to God but in their life there is no mercy at all but full of Worldly success and growth. These kind of spiritual life is one way love but there is love relationship because the real love always flows from one to the other, specially in service and forgiveness.
God gives his mercy freely with abundant life and there is no condition to receive this mercy.(Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”) the faith is part of God’s Mercy , when the Lord shows mercy , he gives us gift of faith so the Mercy of God passes in our life free. When I received this mercy , I was a Sinner but I wept for fifteen days for betraying Jesus in my life for all my addictions and love of Money , it was not my decision but the mercy of God led me to repentance and purified my Body, mind and Spirit. I remember running to every Prayer meeting by travelling more than an hours journey ,after my office hours. These are not my works but God’s mercy and love was leading me in to the path of Salvation. The Prayer, forgiveness, service, evangelisation became so much important in my life , as if they were only purpose of my life.
The Mercy triumphs over the Judgement. Our level of Salvation is evaluated with the mercy we show to others. All the commandments, word of God , church teachings , promptings of the Holy spirit lead us to the love of God and our Neighbor. If we need to know our Judgement on this earth, then we must check our mercy and forgiveness towards other in our life. When Jesus is going to come on the last day, Jesus is not going to come as a Savior but as a judge and there is no mercy or repentance but we will be judged on the basis of our mercy and love towards one another. Our fundamental purpose of our life on this Earth to Love God and love one another in God’s Love , all the rest are routine work of our life. If we do a good routine work without showing god’s love , that routine work does not give any credit in God’s judgement. Mat 25:35-40
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
At this pandemic time , we must reach out to our sick and poor brothers and sisters, confining to our own families in the lock down is not enough but must part take in prayer, Charity and if permitted in Service. At this time if we see our selfish needs and not help or bother about others who are suffering in our neighborhood, God will Judge us at the last day.