This Second Sunday of Easter is also celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday
We reflect on God’s mercy and forgiveness in our lives.
Allen Hunt in his Book “Everybody needs to forgive somebody”, he concludes “Give forgiveness and you will unleash a flood of grace from heaven. Everybody needs to forgive somebody. When you do just that, you will open the door to becoming the-best-version-of-yourself as you lavish God’s grace on people around you and on yourself. Best of all, you will also discover that you are touching the very heart of God.”
Hanging on the cross in Calvary, Christ utters a prayer of forgiveness for the very people who have brought him excruciating pain and eventual death: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” These loving words summarize Christ’s basic attitude towards relationships.
Our Christian life is bound to be a journey of forgiveness. Fear and violence are to be confronted with the loving force of Christian forgiveness. Our Christian community has to be a community of the forgiven and the forgiving.
Let us consider this basic Christian option to become a forgiving person, just as Christ was forgiving until the last breath of his life. Let our attitude of forgiveness become our legacy to a world that is full of hatred and indifference.
Let our forgiveness become not only an occasional act, but a permanent attitude.