In the Gospel reading for this Sunday of Divine Mercy, we continue to celebrate Christ’s humble obedience to His Father and His subsequent victory over sin and death. All this while being witness to the heart of Jesus in His ”glorified body”. We experience the depth of His love and mercy when He burst through locked doors to be with His brothers where they were “hiding” so He can empower them and the Church to forgive and retain sins.
Divine Mercy is the feast instituted by Blessed John Paul II in May of 2000. He will be
canonized along with Pope John XXIII this Sunday. Certainly, you can explore the depth and meaning of Divine Mercy elsewhere, but I offer a snippet of what it means for me. Saint Faustina wrote, “He has revealed that our sins are like a drop falling into an ocean of mercy.” (Diary 718). It is this image that stood out for me after first reading Saint Faustina’s diary.
As I reflect on this Divine Mercy Sunday and the impact Blessed John Paul II has had on my life, I recall a poignant story. When Karol Wojtyła was asked about his reasons for pursuing the priesthood he attributed it to his undetected witness of his father in daily prayer. When I first heard this story I was struggling with my daily prayer commitments. I soon resolved to fix the fault as my three small children were approaching the age of reason. Reflecting now on that providential moment, it is with tremendous joy to be able to relay that these three now young adults strive daily to be holy and each one has a deep desire to fulfill the Father’s will for their lives. As an icing of grace on the cake, we talk about such things on a regular basis.
This is truly miraculous considering the times in which we live. The best explanation for such a mystery is clearly Christ’s mercy and love, his Divine Mercy, received through the Catholic Church and her sacraments, especially regular reception of the Eucharist and Confession. These graces continue to astound me and prove that these can certainly be the best of times for us all.
Question: Are you in your best of times?
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