Today is also called Divine Mercy Sunday. It is also the day that finds the Church canonizing two Supreme Pontiffs – Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II – who proclaimed the merciful love of God, each in his own pastoral style.
Pope Francis has regularly called the Church to rediscover the tender mercy of God and to proclaim this mercy in a fresh and convincing manner. In his homily for this Sunday last year, as he assumed the Chair of the Bishop of Rome at the Lateran Basilica, Pope Francis said “Today we are celebrating the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as ‘Divine Mercy Sunday.’ What a beautiful truth of faith this is for our lives: the mercy of God! God’s love for us is so great, so deep; it is an unfailing love, one which always takes us by the hand and supports us, lifts us up and leads us on.”
The readings and orations for this Second Sunday of Easter draw the Church’s attention to the tender love and mercy of our God. He is waiting to caress the cheek of each one of us, especially in our encounters with Divine Mercy in the sacrament of penance and through our acts of charity for one another.