Jesus, we trust in you. Your mercy endures forever!

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

Since the year 2001, the Second Sunday of Easter has been consecrated by the Church to celebrate the Feast of the Divine Mercy. It is the result of the devotion started by a Polish nun named St. Faustina Kowalska to whom Jesus revealed the message of His divine and merciful love. This Sunday is specifically dedicated to praise the love of God, a love full of compassion for all those who have sinned, and therefore for all of us.

 

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the door being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ and when He had said this He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven, if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’” (Jn 20:19-23).

 

The first word uttered by the Risen Christ to his Apostles conveyed His special Easter gift to His Church; “Peace!”  Commissioning his Apostles to forgive sins in His name was all the more significant because He immediately followed His peaceful greeting with the words: “Whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven, whose sins you retain, they are retained.” Jesus clearly wanted His Apostles to realize that peace and mercy are inseparable; and that true peace can only be achieved by forgiving one another.

 

We know that forgiveness consists of far more than just the awareness of God's never-ending love and mercy.   Jesus said: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive Mercy” (Mt 5:7). The Lord's point is that the prerequisite for receiving mercy is our showing mercy to others. He taught us how to pray the Our Father in which we pray: “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” (Mt 6:12).

 

As we spread the Good News that Jesus has truly Risen in our midst, may we all experience the power of God's  mercy and never grow tired of forgiving each other. In response to Jesus’ merciful love shown to us on the Cross, in the Eucharist and on Easter Sunday when He established the sacrament of his Mercy, we say “Jesus, we trust in you. Your mercy endures forever.”

 

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