Our God is a God of mercy, a God of compassion, kindness and generosity. If you look up the word mercy you will find all of the above words used to describe it. As Christians we understand the mercy of God to be grace, freely given from a Loving Father who desires only that we are one with Him. The question is: Are we open to receiving the great gift of Divine Mercy? Do we trust in the mercy of God?
This Second Sunday of Easter was designated Divine Mercy Sunday by St. Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000, when on that day Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun was canonized as Saint Faustina. Sister Faustina had long shared her experience of conversations with Jesus, when he came to her with a message that would ensure peace in the heart of all humanity if only they would trust in Divine Mercy. Pope John Paul encouraged devotion to her and the message she had received and one year after Divine Mercy Sunday was established, Pope John Paul II reemphasized its message in the resurrection context of Easter as he shared:
Jesus said to Sister Faustina one day: “Humanity will never find peace until it turns with trust to Divine Mercy.” Divine Mercy! This is the Easter gift that the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity. You see, Divine Mercy was the most significant part of God’s plan for our salvation. He sent his Son to die for our sins once and for all that we might come to know and trust in God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. This is our Easter gift! Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we enjoy the gift of Divine Mercy and eternal life with God. We have been forgiven!! With thanks in our hearts to Saint Faustina who shared Jesus’ message with the world and to Saint Pope John Paul II who promoted devotion to Divine Mercy, may we be blessed with peace as we accept our Easter gift and pray: Jesus, I trust in you. Have a blessed Easter week.
With joy in the Risen Christ,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC