Apr 11, 2021: 2nd Sunday of Easter / Sunday of Divine Mercy (B)

Introduction

On April 30, 2000, Pope Saint John Paul II declared that “the Second Sunday of Easter henceforth throughout the Church will also be called Divine Mercy Sunday.” On this day, the faithful are called to reflect more personally on the graces won through the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this way, their hearts may be more fully aware of the mercy of God for them personally and for the sake of the world.

1st Reading – Acts 4:32-35

The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
but they had everything in common.
With great power the apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great favor was accorded them all.
There was no needy person among them,
for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
bring the proceeds of the sale,
and put them at the feet of the apostles,
and they were distributed to each according to need.

One of the distinctive features of the Easter season is the absence of the Old Testament from the first readings, which is replaced by selections from the Acts of the Apostles. During the Sundays following Easter, these readings from Acts describe the transformation that took place within the community of believers following the Resurrection. Continue reading “Apr 11, 2021: 2nd Sunday of Easter / Sunday of Divine Mercy (B)”