"Jesus I trust in You"

Today is Low Sunday. The first Sunday after Easter. “The origin of the name is uncertain, but it is apparently intended to indicate the contrast between it and the great Easter festival immediately preceding, and also, perhaps, to signify that, being the Octave Day of Easter, it was considered part of that feast, though in a lower degree.[1] It was the day when the newly-baptized took off their white garments that they had been wearing since they had been baptized at the great Easter Vigil.

Today is also Divine Mercy Sunday. When Pope John Paul canonized Sr. Faustina he also established Divine Mercy Sunday. On that day, Pope John Paul II declared, "This is the happiest day of my life."[2]

Today is a special day to receive God’s mercy. Every day is a special day for we can receive God’s mercy. In today's Gospel, we hear Jesus giving authority to the apostles to forgive sins in his name - "Receive the Holy Spirit, for those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven". (John 20:23). We can receive the mercy of God , however, we need to show mercy to others.

Our Divine Saviour when he appeared to St. Faustina had rays of red and white pouring from his sacred breast. St. Faustina wrote in her diary that “During prayer, I heard these words within me: The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the water that makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls ...These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when my agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. (Diary, 299).

Jesus asked St. Faustina (and each one of us) “At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in my Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy…In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion…”[3]

Jesus gave us two prayers that we can say at this hour: Firstly,O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus, as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You.”[4] And secondly, You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. Amen.[5]

The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive. Accept Jesus’ invitation to receive the blessings of his Divine Mercy by learning how to pray the Chaplet of Mercy; praying the Novena (which begins on Good Friday and ends on the Saturday before Divine Mercy Sunday) and reading St. Faustian's Diary.

Let me end with St. Faustina’s beautiful prayer “O my Master, I surrender myself completely to You, who are the rudder of my soul; steer it Yourself according to your divine wishes. I enclose myself in Your most compassionate Heart which is a sea of unfathomable mercy.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

[1] http:///encyclopedia/view.php?id=7...

[2] http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/johnpaul/

[3] Diary, 1320

[4] Diary, entry 84; cf. 309

[5] Diary, 1319

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