Divine Mercy Sunday is a reminder to all of us that Easter has an abundance of Graces that God intends to shower upon us and on the whole world. When we open to God’s Love, our hearts are expanded. We receive and share in the personal Love God has for each one of us, and, if we are truly open, we begin to discover that God’s Love flows through us out to others.
When you belong to Jesus, you realize that you must begin to think like Jesus. When you accept Jesus’ Revelation of Himself as the Son of God, you discover that as His brother or sister, you too are a child of God. Mercy transforms us. We see the world differently when we look at it through the eyes of Mercy.
On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we are called to spend time in the awareness of the power of Mercy to bring our world into conformity with God’s Plan. Let us ask for Mercy. Let us be merciful. And let us completely trust that the Mercy of God will be poured out into the world through us. “Jesus, I trust in You” is the simple prayer that invites the Mercy of God to calm our fears and to open to the abundance of Grace held in store for us.
The Sacramental Life is manifestly the conduit of Mercy. Our Baptism and the Sacrament of Reconciliation allow grace to flow. Confirmation fills us with the Spirit of Mercy. Eucharist is the enduring Presence of the Lord of Mercy Whose suffering, death and Resurrection won our Redemption. The Anointing of the Sick, which we celebrate today, offers healing and strength at the moment went we most know the need for Mercy. Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony are living signs of the personal gift of Mercy through one another in the service of the Kingdom.
Let us open our hearts to Mercy and respond to the invitation of Divine Mercy Sunday to bring about a world that knows its salvation comes through Jesus Christ, our merciful Lord.