The Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday

For two Doctrinal Homily Outlines for the Second Sunday of Easter, click here and then scroll down.

Here is a brief excerpt of some doctrinal points drawn from the second reading (1 Jn 5:1-6)

  • Children of God love not only God but also God’s other children.
  • How do we love God and his children? By keeping God’s commandments.
  • These commandments are not mysterious. They are embodied in the natural moral law that can known using reason. They are embodied in the privileged expression of the natural law, which is the Ten Commandments. They are embodied in the two great commandments: To love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves. They are embodied above all for the child of God in Christ’s New Commandment: To love one another as Christ has love us, which is to do what is truly good for the other even if it requires sacrifice on our part.
  • As St. John says, this is not burdensome. In fact, it is attainable with God’s help. It is what overcomes the world. It conquers the sin which is the source of the suffering that every person encounters in this world.






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