Today, besides being the Second Sunday of Easter, is Divine Mercy Sunday. In the 1930s, Our Lord Jesus requested through Saint Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun, that a Feast of Mercy be established and solemnly celebrated in His Church on the First Sunday after Easter every year. Divine Mercy Sunday is perhaps God’s greatest gift for our time. The promise of this day is nothing less than the forgiveness of all sins and punishment due to sin for anyone who would go to Confession and receive Jesus in Holy Communion around this very special feast. St. Pope John Paul II officially established the Feast of Divine Mercy in the year 2000, after many years of study by the Church.
From the Diary of St. Faustina (699) Jesus said of Divine Mercy Sunday: “On that day, the very depths of my tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of my mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.”
Many feel that their sins are unforgivable, but Jesus said, “Were a soul like a decaying corpse, so that from a human standpoint, there would be no hope of restoration and everything would already be lost, it is not so with God. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full. In the Tribunal of Mercy (the Sacrament of Confession), the greatest miracles take place and are incessantly repeated.” (1448) “Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy.” So in a very real way we are a lot like St. Thomas and the other disciples. No matter that they were so unfaithful in sticking with Jesus during his passion. Jesus offers his forgiveness and more to them – and to us! God bless!
Following the WORD OF GOD
Created: July 23, 2004 St. Rosalie Catholic Church