As a gift to humanity the risen Lord offers his love that pardons, reconciles and reopens hearts to love.
The glorious Alleluia of Easter resounds [and the] Gospel emphasizes that on the evening of that day he appeared to the Apostles and showed them his hands and his side (Jn 20:20), that is, the signs of the painful passion with which his Body was indelibly stamped, even after the Resurrection. Those glorious wounds, which he allowed doubting Thomas to touch eight days later, reveal the mercy of God who so loved the world that he gave his only Son (Jn 3:16).
As a gift to humanity, which sometimes seems bewildered and overwhelmed by the power of evil, selfishness, and fear, the risen Lord offers his love that pardons, reconciles and reopens hearts to love. It is a love that converts hearts and gives peace. How much the world needs to understand and accept Divine Mercy!
Lord, who reveal the Father's love by your Death and Resurrection, we believe in you and confidently repeat to you today: Jesus, I trust in you, have mercy upon us and upon the whole world.
[Let us] contemplate with Mary's eyes the immense mystery of this merciful love that flows from the Heart of Christ. With her help, we will be able to understand the true meaning of Easter joy that is based on this certainty: the One whom the Virgin bore in her womb, who suffered and died for us, is truly risen. Alleluia!
Saint Pope John Paul II. "We Believe in You! We Trust in You!" This is the text Saint Pope John Paul II was prepared to read the day after he died.
Used with permission Libreria Editrice Vaticana.
Saint Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) was elected Pope in 1978 and served until his death in 2005. Among his many writings are: Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology Of The Body, Love and Responsibility, The Splendor of Truth, and The Gospel of Life: Evangelium Vitae.Copyright © 2005 Libreria Editrice Vaticana
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