By Mary Ellen Barrett

 

Mercy It's Divine - Divine Mercy Sunday

 

Today is the last day of the greatest feast in the history of the world, the octave of the Resurrection. God, in His infinite goodness, recognizing such a great day and concluding a great feast, gifted us the greatest of gifts: His infinite mercy.

Thanks be to God.

The Fulfillment of God’s Promise

In the Old Testament, God gave Moses specific instructions on preparing a feast of atonement. They were to deny themselves and offer animal sacrifices, and at the end of atonement, they were to be forgiven by God of all their sins.

 “And this shall be an everlasting statute for you, that atonement may be made for the people of Israel once in the year because of all their sins.” And Moses did as the Lord commanded him.” Leviticus 16:34

This day, our Divine Mercy Sunday, is a fulfillment of that promise of mercy made to Moses and the people of Israel. We can rest easily, knowing that our sins will be forgiven by a God who only wants us to rest in His presence for all eternity. Whose love is unequaled by any measure we can conceive.

It Is For Everyone

We certainly have many great examples of Our Lord’s mercy in Scripture. His best friends and companions of three years often proved to be total blockheads when it came to getting the message he was constantly preaching. After three years of witnessing His many signs and wonders, they, all but one, took off when the going got rough; when their support for He and His mother was most needed, they were gone.

Yet from these flawed, often maddening people, God built His church. Peter the betrayer, the rock, forgiven all and given the keys to the Kingdom, Thomas stubbornly doubting, welcomed into the wounds that saved us. He forgave them and gave them the gift of the Holy Spirit so that their very souls were healed and the wisdom they gained could help them bring the Kingdom closer to all they encountered.

St. Faustina wrote,

“My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners. If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them and that it is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy.” ~ Diary 367

Sisters in Christ, let us dive into that fount and find the freedom from sin we seek. Lead the way for your family and friends to follow so that, in the end, we are together eternally.

 

Prayer

Lord, lift those suffering with despair and guilt and pour out your healing grace upon them. Create in them a desire to know you and to receive the forgiveness and love you are so willing to bestow upon them.  We ask this in Your Holy Name.  Amen.

Call to Action

Go to confession this week and, if possible, bring someone with you who needs God’s mercy. This might be a good time to offer a ride to someone who would normally find it difficult to get to church.

 

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