This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. We particularly reflect on the unfathomless Mercy of God. We were all in need of Mercy. We are all in need of Mercy. The Lord explained why He wanted a Feast dedicated to His Mercy. “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.[1]

[Let] the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy. Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice.

The Lord continues “From all My wounds, like from streams, mercy flows for souls, but the wound in My Heart is the fountain of unfathomable mercy. From this fountain spring all graces for souls. The flames of compassion burn Me. I desire greatly to pour them out upon souls. Speak to the whole world about My mercy.

Pope St John Paul II wrote “Through Christ’s revelation, we know God especially in his relationship of love towards man and, particularly, in his mercy, which Christ personifies. He Himself, in a certain sense, is mercy.[2]

In today’s Gospel[3] we hear of Jesus’ commissioning his apostles “After saying this He breathed on them and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.[4]

In these difficult times we may not be able to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation but therefore, even more so, can we rely on the Mercy of the Lord Jesus. He is there waiting for us. He is there holding out his Merciful Heart that we may be embraced, embraced and forgiven.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

[1] Our Lord to St. Faustina

[2] Pope St. John Paul II Encyclical Letter Dives et Misericodia, Summary http://www.catholic-pages.com/documents/dives_in_misericordia-summary.asp

[3] Jn.20:19-31

[4] Jn.20:22-23