You don’t have to be a scripture scholar or even a student of scripture to notice that John, throughout his Gospel, gives us many specific details. This can’t be accidental. His Gospel is the most theological of all four and he wants to tell us, in many ways, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
Recall how last week’s Easter Gospel began: On the first day of the week. What follows in those first 18 verses of John’s 20th chapter is the marvelous story of Christ’s appearance to Mary Magdalene. It concludes with her running to tell the Apostles.
In the very next verse, which begins today’s Gospel, he says, On the evening of that first day of the week. John wants us to know that Jesus wastes no time. On the morning of His resurrection He announces to Mary the Joy of New Life and in the evening He brings Peace, the Sacrament of Confession, the gift of the Holy Spirit and commissions us to spread the Good News.
If I can’t see Christ’s Mercy in that first day of the week I need to re-read all of chapter 20. This is why He became human and why He died—to free us from slavery to sin and give us Life. What great Mercy God has shown us! Jesus I trust in you.
As we conclude our eight day (octave) celebration of Easter, it is worth considering the promise of Mercy that Jesus gave to us through St. Faustina. It’s His way of saying personally to each and every one of us: “Peace be to you.”
Once, as I was going down the hall, I heard these words in my soul: Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy.
Diary of St. Faustina, paragraph 687