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Divine Mercy Sunday
Sunday, April 15 2012

A Special Feast...

Today, we remember God's great mercy on Divine Mercy Sunday:

You were dead in your transgressions and sins in which you once lived following the age of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh, following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest. But God, who is rich in mercy (emphasis added), because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. -Ephesians 2:1-9, NAB

Divine Mercy Sunday was set for the entire Church by Blessed Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000 on the day he canonized Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska.  Beginning in the 1930s, Saint Faustina began receiving revelations and visits from Christ.  Then, on Good Friday in 1937, Christ revealed to her the Divine Mercy novena.  Through these revelations, Christ wanted for us to remember the true depth of God's love that comes through His mercy.

We are sinners.  We have betrayed our God through our sinful actions, and we have turned our backs on the One who came to save us.  Yet, despite our many failings, through God's awesome mercy, we can find forgiveness through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

It is truly God's grace and mercy that saves us.  There is nothing that we can do to earn it (a common misconception about Catholic teachings).  Only by turning our hearts back to Christ, primarily through Confession, do we find forgiveness.  It is for this reason that many parishes celebrate this feast day by holding special times for the Sacrament of Penance.

If you missed your opportunity to go to Confession for this special day, it is not too late.  Find the next opportunity for Confession at a local parish and go!  Do not make excuses, simply go.  Seek out forgiveness from our wonderful Creator, our merciful God.

For the past few weeks, we have given penance to our Lord throughout the season of Lent.  Next, we remember the great sacrifice Christ made for us during the Triduum, includign Good Friday.  Then, on Easter Sunday, we celebrate Christ conquering death through His resurrection.  Finally, on Divine Mercy Sunday, we celebrate the great mercy we have received through the New Covenant.  May we always remember God's great mercy, not just on Divine Mercy Sunday, but throughout the whole year.

 

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