In this 5th Grade lesson, you study the Corporal and the Spiritual Works of Mercy.
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The Incredulity of St. Thomas by Mattia Preti
In the Gospels, after Jesus died and rose from the dead, the Apostles were confused about what to do. Then He came to them and showed them that He had risen. The Apostles were amazed! One Apostle was not there when Jesus appeared to them. His name was Thomas. Thomas refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. He had not seen Jesus with his own eyes. Thomas said he would only believe if he could put his hands into the side of Jesus and touch His wounds. Jesus appeared to Thomas and prompted him to feel His wounds with his fingers. Only then does Thomas come to believe.
Jesus says, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” This refers to everyone who has not seen the risen Christ with his own eyes. You believe Christ is risen even though you have not actually touched His wounds. This is what it means to have a sincere belief in Christ. Christ shows Thomas mercy for his unbelief. Jesus offers His wounds to Thomas as proof of His Resurrection.
Scripture teaches that God is loving and merciful. When the Church celebrates the Feast of Divine Mercy, it is a reminder of God’s love and mercy for us. It is no coincidence that the Feast of Divine Mercy comes right after Easter. God’s mercy is most obviously shown by the Incarnation, Passion, and Resurrection. Yet each Sunday is really a celebration of God’s mercy as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.
God did not have to become man, suffer death, and rise again in order to save us. Yet, He did choose to do so for our salvation. God showed mercy to mankind in order that everyone may have the chance to get to Heaven. God is always showing mercy to us in the Sacraments. He especially does so by giving Himself as Victim on the Altar every day at Mass.
Just as God shows mercy to us, He wants us to show mercy to each other. He wants us to take care of the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ by helping them with their physical and spiritual needs. The Corporal Works of Mercy teach us how to be merciful towards our fellow men. This is by taking care of their bodily needs. The seven Corporal Works of Mercy are:
The Spiritual Works of Mercy also teach us how to be merciful to others. This is by taking care of their spiritual needs. The seven Spiritual Works of Mercy are:Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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