To Believe is to Testify
As believers, do we believe all that the Sacred Scriptures and Traditions reveal to us? In the Gospel according to John, read at mass this Sunday, we meet the doubting Thomas. Thomas would not believe the truth about the Risen Christ unless he verifies materially. Thomas says, “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” (Jn 20:25 ). Do we sometimes have reasons not to believe and heed the words, teachings, or commandments of Jesus? Believing is acting in faith. To believe in the Risen Jesus and “keep his commandments” (1 Jn. 5:3 ) is to think and act like the early believers who with great power “bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 4: 33).
To believe is to act in the power of him whom we believe, the Risen Christ. I was introduced to Grace Longo this morning after Mass by her father, Rob. She is finishing up a year of mission to people in the neighborhood of Kensington, Philadelphia. She told me how she encounters the Lord in the relationship with kids and adults the Lord brought her way during the year-long of bearing witness to the Risen Lord. I saw deep faith in Grace’s eyes and words. She is a believer in the Risen Christ, and her Spirit-led mission is a testimony to that belief in Jesus.
There are many graces the Risen Christ has bestowed upon the Church. One of those graces that he calls us to believe and testify to is the sacrament of Divine Mercy- confession. John writes about the origin of this sacrament in his Gospel: “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (Jn 20: 22-23). Do we believe that Risen Christ, in his extensive display of mercy, gave the apostle and their successors the power to forgive sins in the sacrament of Reconciliation? If we believe the words and commandments of Jesus, do we act on what we believe? Do we respond as acts of testimony?
On this Sunday of Divine Mercy, I invite you to turn out in large numbers to receive extra abundant graces of mercy at the parish’s prayer for Divine Mercy as revealed to Sr. Faustina. We are beginning at 2:30 PM and hoping to recite the Divine Mercy chaplet at 3:00 PM to conclude our Divine Mercy novena. Come and testify to your belief in Divine Mercy as dispensed on believers by the Risen Saviour.
Jesus, I Trust in You,