A facebook friend posted on this coming Sunday:
… sometimes I feel liturgically bitter that Divine Mercy Sunday has kind of overrun the Second Sunday of Easter. I understand that the Gospel is about mercy, but the focus on Divine Mercy has taken on a life of its own, and I am not sure it is as well connected to Easter itself as it could be. Maybe I am simply being a liturgical curmudgeon?
Perhaps I was more bothered ten to fifteen years ago. Not really anymore.
First, we already have monikers attached to some seasonal Sundays. Easter 4 is for the Good Shepherd, Advent 3 is Gaudete, and Lent 4 is Laetere. We get distracted by pink on some of those and First Communion maybe on the other.
Two, I think the more artificial assignments–like Catechetical Sunday or Planned Giving Sunday are much more bothersome, especially when the Scriptures are ignored in favor of an alternate and possibly non-liturgical notion.
Importantly, mercy is an excellent fit for early Easter: the echoes of Good Friday, the forgiveness of Peter, bringing Thomas along, plus the readings from Acts. Divine Mercy is a facet of popular piety that has links to liturgy. We could do worse.
I look upon it as the beginning of a development in worship and devotion. Maybe it has lasting power. Best of all, if people begin to see mercy as a quality not only to admire or about which to be thankful, but to actually practice. The imitation of Christ always leads us onward.