Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-4
What is Divine Mercy Sun day and how did the feast come to be celebrated? A week after Christ rose from the dead, He appeared once again to His disciples, and this time Thomas was there. His doubt was vanquished, and he professed His belief in Christ. Nineteen centuries later, Christ appeared to a Polish nun, Sr. Maria FaustinaKowalska, in a series of visions that took place over almost eight years. Among those visions, Christ revealed the Divine Mercy Sunday. Celebrating the feast of Divine Mercy, as revealed by Christ Himself to St. Maria FaustinaKowalska, was extended to the entire Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000. Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the eighth day of the Octave of Easter, that is, the Sunday after Easter. On this day the floodgates of mercy are opened and many souls who truly prepared for it through its novena experience manifold mercy in various areas of life, especially in holiness.
We live by His mercy, our hope is anchored on His great mercy. Divine mercy brightens and comforts in all distresses, which enables us to approach God and get over all difficulties.
The mere institution of such a solemn feast is a powerful sign of the desire in the Heart of God to pour down His Mercy upon us.”Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who say this Chaplet. Write down these words, my daughter. Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize my unfathomable mercy”. (Diary, 848)Pray with us thus “Lord, may I always honor and celebrate the wonderful Feast of Mercy. May my heart, and the hearts of all Your faithful children, be open to all that You wish to bestow upon us through this feast. Jesus, I trust in You.”
Dear friends in Christ, the Divine Mercy call is beyond a devotion, it is more importantly, a call to live mercifully like the Father, Luke 6:36 says “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful”. Bryan S. Thatcher wrote “while it is important and appropriate to venerate the image of the merciful Saviour and to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily, if these actions do not lead us to a deeper trust in God, a greater ability to forgive those who have hurt us, and to a stronger desire to be merciful to others, then the devotional aspects have done little to bring us closer to Jesus.” On the 21st September, 2016, Pope Francis addressing some pilgrims asked, “what does it means for the disciples to be merciful”. He said, mercy was given by Jesus in two verbs: “to forgive” and “to give.”Mercy is expressed “above all in forgiveness,” he said. “All Christians must forgive! Why? Because they have been forgiven.”
Let us conclude with these words of Jesus to St. Maria Faustina “I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first- by deed, the second- by word, the third- by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy.” (Diary 742) Follow these simple steps and let the Lord of Mercy take control of your life.
MASS: WHITE Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118:2-4.13-15ab.22-24 (R.1); 1 Pet 1:3-9′ Accl. Jn 20:29; Jn 20:19-31DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
1. Begin your prayer with this song “ You are merciful Jesus (3x) Jesus I trust in you”
2. Lord, help me that I may be drawn to Your merciful Heart so that I may be totally Yours. Jesus, I trust in You.
3. Lord Jesus, I come before You just as I am. I am sorry for all my sins. I repent of my sins, please forgive me. In Your name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works. I give You my entire self, Lord Jesus, now and forever. I invite You into my life Jesus. I accept You as my Lord, God and Savior. Heal me, change me, and strengthen me in body, soul and spirit. Come Lord Jesus, cover me with Your Precious Blood and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I love You Lord Jesus. I Praise You Jesus. I Thank You Jesus. I shall follow You every day of my life. Amen.
4. Pray the Divine Mercy Rosary today.
Exercise: Build an altar in your house and put the picture of Divine Mercy blessed by a Catholic Priest on it if you do not have any yet.