Today’s Word and Prayer on Divine Mercy Sunday (W.A.P)

Do I recognize the Risen Lord through the gift of faith and receive new life?
Dear friends, today is the eight day after the Resurrection and for 17 years now, we do celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday as instituted by St John Paul II in the year 2000. In today’s gospel when Thomas finally had the courage to rejoin the other apostles, the Lord Jesus made his presence known to him and reassured him that he had indeed overcome death and risen again. The Lord makes himself known to you in the Bible, through prayers (personal, community), through holy Communion, in the priest, in the poor and needy. Do you recognize him? When Thomas recognized his Master, he believed and exclaimed that Jesus was truly Lord and truly God! Through the gift of faith you, too, are invited to proclaim that Jesus is your personal Lord and your God. He died and rose that you, too, might have new life in him. The Lord offers you new life in his Holy Spirit that you may know him personally and walk in this new way of life through the power of his resurrection. Do you believe in the good news of the Gospel and in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring you new life, hope, and joy?
Lord Jesus Christ, through your victory over sin and death you have overcome all the powers of sin and darkness. Help me to draw near to you and to trust in your life-giving word. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and strengthen my faith in your promises and my hope in the power of your resurrection. Amen. Good morning and have a joy-filled Mercy Sunday!