“Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised.”
“The Lord is risen, Alleluia!” This Sunday, that is the refrain that echoes throughout our Church and the world. “The Lord is risen, Alleluia.” It is this element of our faith, that renews our hope in the new life of grace in Christ Jesus.
As a part of our celebration in the Risen Lord, we are reminded of His Divine Mercy in our life. For it is the Divine Mercy of the Risen Lord, that brings into our life forgiveness from our sins and assures us of his endless love in our life.
That is the message that is celebrated next Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday. God loves us – all of us. And He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others.
The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:
A - Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.
B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.
C - Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.
This message and devotion to Jesus, as The Divine Mercy, is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. (http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/)
In several entries in Faustina’s diary, she recorded promises of Grace and Mercy associated with the Feast of Divine Mercy. She wrote that Jesus stated, “Ask of my faithful servant (a priest) that, on this day, he tell the whole world of My great mercy; that whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.” (Diary 300)
“I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. 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 will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion and shall obtain the complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day, all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let not a soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins are scarlet.” (Diary 699)
Sister Faustina Kowalska reported visions and visitation from Jesus and conversations she had with Him. In the course of these conversations Jesus asked Sister Faustina to paint the vision of his Merciful Divinity being poured from His Sacred Heart and specifically asked for a feast of Divine Mercy to be established on the first Sunday after Easter so that mankind would take refuge in Him. From Sister Faustina’s diary we read, “I want the image solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it.” (Jesus’ words, Diary 341)
Jesus said to Sr. 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 the Church offers this Divine Mercy to humanity.
The devotion was actively promoted by Pope John Paul II. On April 30, 2000, the Canonization of Faustina Kowalska took place and the Sunday after Easter was officially designated as the Sunday of the Divine Mercy.
I pray that many from All Saints parish will take the opportunity to come and celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, next weekend after the 10 a.m. Mass. By participating in the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction, you may experience this Divine Mercy that flows from the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Divine Mercy Chaplet“Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us, and on the whole world. “
Fr. Peter Weiss, S.S.J.
PRAYER FOR FAMILIES
We bless your name, O Lord,
For sending your own incarnate Son,
To become part of a family,
So that, as he lived its life,
He would experience its worries and its joys.
We ask you Lord,
To protect and watch over this family,
So that in the strength of your grace
It members may enjoy prosperity,
Possess the priceless gift of your peace,
And, as the Church alive in the home,
Bear witness in this world to your glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.