Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 18, 2014
Acts 6.1-7 | Psalm 33 | 1 Peter 2.4-9 | John 14.1-12

John Connelly

May 12, 2014

In the Book of Revelation, Jesus says, "Behold, I make all things new" (21.5). We should all take comfort in these life-giving words. Jesus takes the old and, through his divine and saving power, makes it new.

Yesterday, I was present in the hospital as my father Pat Connelly passed away. It was a dramatic reminder of the need for the saving power and presence of God.

As I reflect on Dad's death, I am amazed by how short this life really is.

The prayers we prayed as we gathered around his broken body in the hospital room reminded me of the blessing it is to have faith. As he was leaving this life, I kept reciting the prayer of Divine Mercy, "For the sake of his passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."

Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood. - 1 Peter 2.5

'Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood.'

1 Peter 2.5

I believe in mercy. I trust that the mercy of Jesus will make my dad new. God will carry him to the reality of heaven where all things are new.

Death brings a message, a message that this life is but a drop in the sea of eternity. A message that we need to love today. We need to say the things we need to say to those we love and not procrastinate.

I was shocked at the suddenness of Dad's death. I think of the great quote by Stephen Grellet: "I shall pass this way but once. Any good that I can do, or any kindness I can show let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it. For I shall not pass this way again."


I am sorrowful for the things left unsaid and undone in relation to my father. But I am also at peace because Jesus was present at his death.

Jesus is the compassionate guest at the passing of every person from this earth. When we commend our loved ones to the infinite power of God's mercy, we can be confident. We can be confident that Jesus is near. St. John Paul II said Jesus is mercy itself.

What a grace to know that Jesus is always present and his mercy is always ready to transform every life and every situation! All we have to do is ask. Divine mercy never runs out. It is never diminished. It is always present in the person of Jesus.

Yes, Jesus was present when Dad died. And I believe, I trust that his mercy will triumph in his life.

So I say goodbye to my beloved father. But I know in my heart the promise of Jesus is true, "Behold, I make all things new."

Lord, we believe that all is made new by your love and mercy present to us all.