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The Gospel from the first Sunday after Easter (John 20:19-31) recalls on the evening of the Resurrection, Jesus appears to the Apostles in the Upper Room and establishes the Sacrament of Reconciliation in an amazing way.   An excerpt:

 [19] On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” [20] When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.  [21] Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”  [22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  [23] If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

How Jesus uses the events of the Passion and Resurrection to establish His Church is astounding.

Consider the Apostles’ state of mind in the Upper Room on the evening of Easter Sunday:

Now consider how Jesus puts the Apostles at ease:

Next, Jesus Christ, giver of the Sacraments, establishes the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a decisive way:

Jesus’ use of events and His insight into the human heart and mind is astounding:

In this short passage, the Divine Brilliance shines; He is the Divine Strategist, Divine Mercy, Divine Psychologist and the Giver of the Sacraments.

The Divine Brilliance of Jesus Christ shines throughout the world today.  Live in His Light; embrace the Sacrament of Reconciliation often.