“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love is everlasting.” Psalm 118.
In Jesus Christ, God’s love is everlasting, and His goodness fills us. This sentiment of thanksgiving is repeated in Psalm 118, a victory hymn for Easter, the very day of our salvation.
How much bigger would our fears and setbacks be without this reassurance of God’s love — for his love is everlasting.
After his resurrection, Jesus’s presence and his promise of peace to his friends included Thomas, called Didymus.
Recall in those troubling days, Jesus’s followers were out of sight, locked away, and fearful of venturing out.
As we “shelter in place,” we draw strength from one another, knowing full well that God’s love is all around us now as we witness examples of God’s grace so manifest in the courageous service and the healing of the sick and the care for the dying.
While the Easter event is remarkable in its own right, how the early Christian community came together, kept faith in grim times with shared prayer life, and a high sense of common purpose become the model for all Christians in every age, whatever the situation.
Recently, Casey Dep, a staff writer at the New Yorker, wrote a most insightful book review, entitled “A Radical Faith: The life and legacy of Dorothy Day.” The author makes the point that Day’s Catholicism was a cure for her personal isolation and political alienation.
By drawing her into the fellowship of a parish community of living souls, the sacraments gave purpose to Dorothy Day’s service to the poor and moral authority to her efforts at the Catholic Worker. As we long to return to our everyday lives, could Dorothy Day be our model? Will our lives be marked by a spiritual renewal with a heightened sense of solidarity with our fellow citizens?
From her memoir, published in 1952, “The Long Loneliness,” we read:
“We cannot love God unless we love each other, and to love, we must know each other. We know Him in the breaking of the bread, and we know each other in the breaking of the bread, and we are not alone anymore.”
To find Casey Dep’s New Yorker review, go to https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/04/13/dorothy-days-radical-faith
A reminder for us, in these days following Easter, that we give “thanks to the Lord, for he is good, and his love is everlasting!”
Only a month after his election, in April of 2013, Pope Francis spoke these words for this Divine Mercy Sunday. This emphasis on God’s mercy remains a central theme of his pastoral ministry.
“I am always struck when I reread the parable of the merciful Father…the Father, with patience, love, hope, and mercy, never had for a second stopped thing about his lost son, and as soon as he sees him far off, he runs to meet him and embraces him with tenderness, the tenderness of God, without blame. God is always waiting for us. He never grows tired. Jesus shows us this merciful patience of God so that we can regain confidence and hope – always.”
Rosary Chapel, Santa Catalina School, Monterey, CA.