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Divine Mercy Sunday
Second Sunday of Easter
April 23rd, 2017


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.


In Christ
,
 

Pastor

 

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15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
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Title: "St Cyril of Jerusalem" - Artist: Anthony Visco, Atelier for the Sacred Arts, Philadelphia, PA - Shrine’s website: guadalupeshrine.org


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