Divine Mercy Sunday is a wonderful celebration that deepens our understanding of the Glory of Easter. As the Octave, that is, the 8th Day, of Easter, it is the culmination of the Easter Proclamation. The promise of Mercy gives us room to become a People united in Faith who have come to trust more fully in God’s promises.
Pope Saint John Paul II, inspired by Saint Faustina Kowalska, declared this Feast of Mercy. His own day of death was on the vigil of the Feast. Now, Pope Francis is taking the opportunity of this Feast to use to formally declare the “Year of Mercy” that will be observed from
December 8, 2015 (the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception), until November 20, 2016 (the Solemnity of Christ the King).
Mercy is clearly the theme for our times.
How do you understand Mercy? There are two aspects. First, mercy is given to those in need of forgiveness. It creates room for repentance and renewal. Second, mercy is the response of those who know the Love of God to give room to all who have not yet understood. It invites in those who have been kept “outside” for whatever reason.
Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord, is the Lord of Mercy. He breaks through all barriers and reveals the Love of God offered to all who are in need of His Mercy. May we trust in Him and lead others to the Fount of Mercy.
Thanks to all who participated in the events of Lent and Easter. We have now entered into the Easter Season. It lasts until Pentecost. Let us learn to be docile to the Holy Spirit Who makes known to us the Love and Mercy of God poured out in Jesus the Risen Lord.