Divine Mercy Sunday
Dear Parish family,
Christ is Risen. Rejoice! Alleluia! On this second Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, we are reminded once again of God’s immeasurable love for us.
In our Gospel, we hear about Jesus appearing to his disciples who were hiding in fear. At the sight of the Lord they must have had so many mixed feelings, elation to see Jesus is Alive, fear of how could this truly be, shame and fear as they betrayed and abandoned him. However, our Lord greeted them with gentleness: “Peace be with you.” There was only love and mercy. Even when Thomas needed proof to believe this was truly Jesus, he patiently and lovingly offered his wounds to be touched so that he would believe.
This is our God, a God of Mercy, who gave his life for our salvation; and if that was not enough for us, our God continues to be available to us and giving us his Mercy. Allow me to share the following reflection from Pope Francis: [Reminding us of Jesus’ words to Saint Faustina:] “’I am love and mercy itself; there is no human misery that could measure up to my mercy’ (Diary, 14 September 1937). At one time, the Saint, with satisfaction, told Jesus that she had offered him all of her life and all that she had. But Jesus’ answer stunned her: ‘You have not offered me the thing is truly yours.’ What had that holy nun kept for herself? Jesus said to her with kindness: ‘My daughter, give me your failings’ (10 October 1937). We too can ask ourselves: ‘Have I given my failings to the Lord? Have I let him see me fall so that he can raise me up?’ Or is there something I still keep inside me? A sin, a regret from the past, a wound that I have inside, a grudge against someone, an idea about a particular person... The Lord waits for us to offer him our failings so that he can help us experience his mercy.”
Our God wants us to give all of ourselves to him, our weaknesses and our doubts. Those parts of ourselves that we don’t even want to admit to ourselves because of fear or shame.
Our Lord will take our brokenness and heal, and transform us, make us new creations. Family, it is now our turn to pour all of ourselves out to our God, for he is patiently waiting for us. Jesus, I trust in
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