Thursday, 16 April 2009

Divine Mercy

Mercy is a breath of fresh air. From time to time, we make mistakes, we get things wrong. When we are forgiven for what we have done amiss, we feel that a new lease of life has been given to us; we fell accepted, loved and restored. We all need forgiveness and we all need to forgive. Forgiving and being forgiven is of absolute importance to live a full human life. At the heart of this process is mercy.
This Sunday the Church focuses on Divine Mercy. This Sunday is a breath of fresh air. It is the day when what happened during Holy Week and Easter is fully explained – Love’s redeeming work is done, it is done out of God’s Mercy shown and given in Jesus Christ who alone makes it possible for us to be merciful and live in the much needed mercy.
As disciples of Jesus, we are called to live in his light, sitting at his feet and learning from him. This notion brings to mind the artists of old who became apprentices of the great masters. They sat in the master’s studios for months and years observing what the master does and learning from him. Every stroke of the brush from the master was considered as gold dust to be collected, cherished and fixed in memory. This was practised by these apprentices in such a way that many great paintings are attributed to the school of such masters as the way of painting of the apprentice and the master almost became one. This is what we are called to be, sitting at the feet of Jesus learning from him so that it is not us who live but Jesus that lives in us.
Mercy and Love are two sides of the same coin. As we sit at the feet of Jesus, we learn to love like he loves and to become merciful as he is. Out of his love and mercy, Jesus restores us to what God wants us to be, beacons of the life of the Spirit. And the one full of the Spirit lives in “…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit. Let us not be conceited, provoking one another, envious of one another.” (Gal 5)
This Sunday let us examine ourselves to see if we are living in the Spirit and if we are allowing the Spirit to live in us. If not let us eagerly go to Jesus, the Divine Mercy, as out of his infinite mercy he will enable us to do so.
Please do say a little prayer for members of our Parish on Pilgrimage to Walsingham from tomorrow until Sunday so that this time might be for them a moment of Grace, Mercy and Peace. We shall say a prayer for all those who read this blog.

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