April 3 (Second Sunday of Easter) – Today is the Feast of DIVINE MERCY.
Find a church near you that offers Divine Mercy services they usually take place at 3 pm, the hour of our Lords death. If we go to Holy Mass, Confession, receive Holy Communion and pray for the Pope’s intentions we can obtain the Lord’s Great Promise of total remission (forgiveness) of sins/punishment. We are also asked on this special feast day to venerate the image of Divine Mercy, the vessel of grace and mercy which he had given to Saint Faustina Kowalska. Diary #699
I think by now we all know about God’s boundless love and mercy for each of us. The twist to Divine Mercy is mirroring. To become like Christ, we must act like Christ. The mercy shown to us must be shown to others daily, repeatedly and “yes” that means even those that we do not like and those we hold a grudge against. If our walk with the Lord is to be truly sincere we must reciprocate. Pope Francis presided over the Easter vigil of Divine Mercy and said this:
In Jesus not only can we play the mercy of the father, but we are driven to turn ourselves to be instruments of mercy… The Mercy you know is to look in the eyes of every person; because each one is precious because each one is unique…
He then went on to name the many faces of God’s mercy.
“How many expressions there are of God’s mercy! This mercy comes to us as closeness and tenderness, and because of this, also comes as compassion and solidarity, consolation and forgiveness. The more we receive, the more we are called to share it with others; it cannot be kept hidden or kept only for ourselves. It is something which burns within our hearts, driving us to love, thus recognizing the face of Jesus Christ, above all in those who are most distant, weak, alone, confused and marginalized.”
He also shared his wish for this year of mercy,
The pope announced his wish that, in every diocese, “a hospital, a home for the elderly, for abandoned children, a school where none exists, a home for the recovery of addicts,” or some similar structure be established as “a living memory” of the Year of Mercy.
Diary #1784 How very much I desire the salvation of souls!
Scripture tells us in Matthew 25: 35-40 35 For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger, and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes, and you clothed me, I was sick, and you looked after me, I was in prison, and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
On this particular Feast day of Divine Mercy, let us be inspired to show God’s love to those around us. If you are struggling with unworthiness due to sin and guilt, let these words of Pope Francis inspire and calm you.
“The only thing we really need in our lives is to be forgiven,” “We are all sinners,” but “God is greater than our sin. Let us not forget this: God is greater than our sin.” “A faith that is not able to touch the Lord’s wounds, is not faith!” he continued in impassioned and unscripted remarks. “Our faith is incarnated in a God who was made man, who became sin (cf. 2 Cor. 5:21), who was wounded for us. But if we really want to believe and have faith, we must draw near and touch those wounds, caress those wounds and even lower our head and allow others to sooth our wounds.” In the end, all that will matter is how we have LOVED and if we have loved like HE!
Pope Francis will visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy during the 28th World Youth Day to take place this summer in Krakow, Poland.