From the Desk of Father Mac
Divine Mercy Sunday
Second Sunday of Easter
My Dear Friends in Christ,
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday.
On April 30, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized Saint Mary Faustina
Kowalska, the Polish nun who received from Christ the amazing
revelations of the Divine Mercy in the early years of the twentieth
century. During that ceremony, the pope fulfilled one of the
requests that Christ had made through those revelations: that the
entire Church reserve the Second Sunday of the Easter Season to
honor and commemorate God's infinite mercy.
Where do we see
this mercy revealed in today's Readings? First of all, we see it in
the reaction Jesus shows to the Apostles who had abandoned him just
two nights before. They had abandoned Jesus in his most difficult
hour, but Jesus didn’t abandon them. He passes through locked doors,
passes through their fears, regret, and guilt, and appears to them.
He hasn't given up on them. He brings them his peace. And he
reaffirms his confidence in them by reaffirming their mission.
We also see God's mercy in Christ's reaction to the men who
crucified him. Does he crush them in revenge? No. Instead, he sends
out his Apostles to tell them and to tell the whole sinful world
that they can be redeemed, that God has not condemned them: "As
the Father has sent me, so I send you."
Then, just to
make sure that the Church is fully equipped to deliver this message,
Jesus gives the ultimate revelation of God's mercy - he delegates to
his Apostles his divine power to forgive sins: "Receive the Holy
Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you
retain are retained." This is the explicit institution of the
sacrament of Confession, the sacrament in which the limitless ocean
of God's mercy overwhelms the tiny ocean of our misery. It was the
ultimate revelation of the Divine Mercy.
In his conversations
with Saint Faustina, Jesus promised to unleash on the world a flood
of mercy. He has been doing so, and he wants to continue to so, but
the flood hasn't yet reached every heart. This week, let's be
conscious channels for that flood, clear pipelines for that mercy to
refresh someone's shriveled and dried up heart. All we need to do is
keep always on our lips that prayer that the Lord himself taught to
Saint Faustina: Jesus, I trust in you.
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