This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. We celebrate the mercy of Christ, offered to all. I’ll have more on this liturgical celebration and how it came about later, but today I want to focus on the readings for this Sunday. It is always good to read ahead, so you can be prepared when you go to Sunday Mass.
The first reading is from the Acts of the Apostles (4:32-35). This is a short reading, but it gives a powerful image. The followers of Jesus are so moved by the apostles account of the resurrection of Jesus that they share all that they have in common. The are unified and working together. Can the resurrection of Jesus and the divine mercy which flows from him move us to this kind of unity? What holds us back?
Here is the text of Acts 4:32-35
Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common.
And with great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of what was sold
and laid it at the apostles’ feet; and distribution was made to each as any had need.
Here are all of the readings for Divine Mercy Sunday:
First Reading: Acts 4:32-35
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Second Reading: 1 John 5:1-6
Gospel: John 20:19-31