A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
May 24, 2020
The Divine Gift
April 18, 2020
Who could have imagined that we as a Catholic Church and a world of believers
would have experienced Holy Week and celebrated Easter in the year 2020, confined to our homes!? Yet, as one Body of Christ we shared this together. All of us being isolated reminds me a bit of how the disciples were confined in the “Upper Room” after the crucifixion of Jesus. They gathered there as family, filled with fear and doubt and questioning, experiencing a dark time and wondering what was going to happen next in their lives. Very much the emotions that we as a society might be feeling these days.
And yet, we are privileged to know the story of New Life that followed the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. We know his rising from the dead, his overcoming the power of sin and by it we know the incredible unconditional love and mercy of God who loves beyond our imagining. That is the gift of the Resurrection, the gift of new life afforded to us through the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross. Humanity, by our sin, called for an act of love by the Son of Man that would pay the debt for all sin. We need only believe in Jesus, His Father who sent him and the Holy Spirit he then gifted to the world. It seems we got the better end of the deal, we do not have to be crucified for our sins. It is God’s incredible Divine Mercy that saved us from walking that path.
This day the Catholic Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday to remember the gift of Jesus and to thank God for the plan that saved us from eternal death. We must rejoice and be thankful for the gift of Divine Mercy; the gift that was so vividly shown to humanity as Jesus suffered, died and then rose to New Life. To think that God could love in so great a way is nothing less than awesome. We must trust in the promise that Jesus made to those who believe in him! Let us take time this day and this week to profess our belief in Jesus Christ and to ask God to help us to graciously accept the incredible gift of his Divine Mercy.
“Jesus, I trust in you.” Let this be our mantra and our prayer, especially this week, and perhaps everyday of our lives.
Spending time with Jesus in prayer is the one thing that will bring us peace in our lives, especially now when we are uncertain of what is to come. Stay close to him. Love him. Rejoice in his Resurrection and receive the gift of eternal life with him. Through his Divine Mercy, we are saved!