Thursday, 27 March 2008

Divine Mercy Sunday

Will you be keeping Divine Mercy Sunday? This week I had the opportunity to reflect upon the whole business of Divine Mercy Sunday and I have to say that I have been won over.
One of the profoundest hymns we have is the one that starts with those powerful words: “Love’s redeeming work is done”, Divine Mercy Sunday is a corroboration of that statement. What led Love to accomplish its redeeming work? The answer must surely be mercy. So as we come to an end to the Easter Octave it would be good to reflect on this generous mercy of God. A mercy that is all inclusive and ever ready; the greater the sinner the greater the mercy given. Divine Mercy Sunday will restore confidence to the sinner and to the penitent will be a sure pointer to the way of perfection: complete trust in our Lord. Every image of Divine Mercy is signed with the words: Jesus, I trust in You.
The readings and Gospels for the three year cycle fit in perfectly with this devotion. This devotion is also an opportunity to refresh our mind about the works of Mercy that we are called to live so that we reflect the Divine Mercy.

The works of Mercy are divided in two: Corporal and Spiritual.

Feed the hungry
Give drink to the thirsty
Clothe the naked
Shelter the homeless
Comfort those in prison
Visit the sick
Bury the dead.

Admonish Sinners
Instruct the uninformed
Counsel the doubtful
Comfort the sorrowful
Be patient with those in error
Forgive offences
Pray for the living and the dead

Can we let such a rich opportunity go by? I think not. Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday!

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