Learn more about Divine Mercy: https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/backgr.htm
Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/040316.cfm
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.
Jesus gave the power to bind and release sins to His Apostles. He didn’t give them to just anyone. He gave it to those He appointed so they could carry on His work, and then appoint men to continue the work. That Apostolic Succession continues today. And John tells us that not everything He did was written down. Just enough so you would believe what they passed on by word of mouth. Yet today the Catholic Traditions are ridiculed as man-made – denying what John tells us. What do you believe? What was written or the man-made tradition of denying what is written?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for passing that word on to the Apostles. Your Priests today carry on your work in your name and bring us your saving mercy and forgiveness. In Jesus’ holy name I give you praise and honor, Amen.
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting, Alleluia!