Today, Divine Mercy Sunday 2012, all over the world men, women and children have responded to the appeal of the Mercifiul Heart of Jesus and have venerated His immense Mercy and implored this same Mercy to be poured out upon countless souls. Let us thank Him for the oceans of grace that have been granted to souls, and for all the answers that God is granting our prayers for His Mercy, today.
What happiness for those who were able to take part in celebrating God’s Mercy today! What sadness and loss for those were not given this opportunity or who chose not to take part! Who wouldn’t want to take the Lord Jesus up on His promise?……
‘My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable Mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender Mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My Mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender Mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My Love and Mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.’ Jesus to St Faustina, ‘Divine Mercy in my soul’, passage 699
Which priest would not want to resolve to spread the messages of Divine Mercy far and wide after reading what Jesus told St Faustina about Fr Sopocko who worked to spread the news about the Divine Mercy revelations?….
‘He is a priest after My own Heart; his efforts are pleasing to Me. You see, My daughter, that My Will must be done and that which I promised you, I shall do. Through him I spread comfort to suffering and careworn souls. Through him it pleased Me to proclaim the worship of My Mercy. And through this work of Mercy more souls will come close to Me than otherwise would have, even if he had kept giving absolution day and night for the rest of his life, because by doing so, he would have laboured only for as long as he lived; whereas, thanks to this work of Mercy, he will be labouring till the end of the world.‘ ibid. passage 1256.
‘Tell My priests that hardened sinners will repent on hearing their words when they speak about My unfathomable Mercy, about the compassion I have for them in My heart. To priests who proclaim and extol My Mercy, I will give wondrous power; I will anoint their words and touch the hearts of those to whom they will speak.’ ibid. passage 1521
Today the Easter octave is crowned with explosions of grace emanating from the Merciful Heart of Jesus. Today souls are invited to taste and see the fruits of the redemption that Jesus won for us. Today souls that were as corpses have been raised to glorious life through the wondrous Sacrament of Penance. Today graces of conversion have been poured out in abundance. Miracles of healing, and of the reconciling of spouses and other family relationships, have abounded. Let us give thanks to God. Let us praise Him for each and every miracle of Mercy granted today!
Our task now is to live in full response to the Mercy that we have received and venerated.
‘…I demand frrom you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbours always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse and absolve yourself from it. I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy towards your neighbour: the first—by deed, the second—by word, the third—by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy. Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy, and I demand the worship of My mercy through the solemn celebration of the Feast and through the veneration of the image which is painted. By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works.’ ibid. passage 742.
Thank you Lord Jesus for all that You have taught us through these grace filled days of the novena leading up to the Feast of Divine Mercy. Grant that we may make Your intentions our intentions. Your Mercy can transform our mediocrity into sanctity, and all of our mourning into dancing. Please do so.
Jesus, I trust in You.