Today we hear how the doors were closed in the room where the disciples had gathered for fear of the Jews. Something amazing happens when Jesus appears and greets them with the words “Peace be with you”. The disciples are filled with awe and are unable to respond to Jesus’ initial greeting so he repeats it once more. He then gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit and commissions them to go out and forgive sins.
Thomas is not present when Jesus appears and he fails to believe the other disciples when they tell him that they have “seen the Lord”. Jesus’ death had shattered Thomas faith so he wants personal proof that Jesus is risen. It’s another eight days before they are finally together again and this time Thomas is present. Jesus invites him to place his finger in his wounds in order that he will be convinced and believe.
When it comes to God’s Mercy we often fail to be convinced and believe that he forgives us our sins. We may find it easy to tell others that God forgives them but when it comes to ourselves we have yet to be convinced, just as doubting Thomas is in today’s gospel. Very often the problem is that we can’t forgive ourselves for the sin we have committed or the hurt we have caused to others.
On this Divine Mercy Sunday, like Thomas we are all a mixture of belief and unbelief when it comes to accepting God’s mercy for ourselves. We may have doubts in our minds but faith in our hearts. So today we pray: ‘Lord, I believe, help my unbelief’.