PARAÑAQUE, April 4, 2016 – A priest in Parañaque City marked Divine Mercy Sunday by congratulating all believers for the blessing of faith.
“Feel blessed because even though you have not seen it with your eyes, you have seen it through the eyes of your heart; you have seen it through the eyes of your faith; you have seen it through the witnessing of the Apostles; you have seen it through the Christian community,” said Fr. Dave Domingues in his homily at Mary Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Marcelo Green for the second Sunday of Easter.
Faith in Resurrection
According to him, Christians today have every reason to feel grateful and blessed because they continue to uphold the truth that the Lord “rose from the dead” where an apostle no less than Thomas doubted it.
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed,” he stressed.
The Comboni missionary from Portugal reminded the faithful the Lord is a merciful God in Whose Passion, Death, and Resurrection all can find love fulfilled.
“Remember how blessed you are. Because you believe even [when] you have not seen. How blessed you are. How blessed you are!” he repeated.
Peace, mission, Holy Spirit
Domingues went on to tell parishioners the Easter message consists of three vital elements: peace, mission, and the Holy Spirit.
He enjoined Catholics to pray for peace in the face of hatred, violence, and conflict.
The priest further pointed out they are called to proclaim His merciful love and to share it with the world.
Domingues added they can only hope to carry out their duty to God with the help of the Holy Spirit. (Jaztyn Kevin S. Sitchon / CBCP News with Raymond A. Sebastián)