God's Mercy is There to Raise Us Up!
Updated: Apr 19, 2021
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,
We celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. We kneel before the throne of our just and merciful Judge, and we beg from Him the very mercy He desires to shower upon us. Saint Faustina (Maria Faustyna Kowalska), the visionary who relays to us the message of Divine Mercy from Jesus Himself, had this to say:
“I know very well what I am of myself, because for this purpose Jesus has opened the eyes of my soul; I am an abyss of misery, and hence I understand that whatever good there is in my soul consists solely of His holy grace. The knowledge of my own misery allows me, at the same time, to know the immensity of Your mercy. In my own interior life, I am looking with one eye at the abyss o
f my misery and baseness, and with the other, at the abyss of Your mercy, O God.” (Notebook 1, 56.22)
Even when we are at our lowest, God’s Mercy is there to raise us up! The power of Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection has conquered our worst sins. Jesus’ self-sacrifice has granted us pardon. He has paid our debts; He has suffered so that we might be freed from the pains of Hell. All we need to do is throw ourselves upon His Mercy. The Divine Mercy image, which is displayed on the front right wall of both our parish churches, draws our eyes to the graces flowing forth from the pierced heart of Jesus. These rays represent the grace of the Sacraments that flow forth from His Sacred Heart. The colors, blue and red, remind us of the waters of Baptism and the Precious Blood of Jesus shed for the forgiveness of sins. When we are brought low because of our sins or afflicted by the sinful actions of others, we can look up to the loving face of Jesus and pray the words that appear at His feet in the Divine Mercy image: “Jesus, I trust in You!”
Saint Faustina knew the joy of God’s Mercy
that flows to us from the miracle of the Resurrection. Jesus’ Glorified Body retains the wounds He suffered for us; He wants us to remember the depth of His love—the lengths to which He has gone to reach us. His Mercy is inexhaustible, we need only ask in order to receive it. In order to make this concrete and tangible for you, Fr. Arlie and I will be offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation during our Divine Mercy Holy Hour at St. Henry’s, 3:00 p.m. this Sunday. If some past or current sin is weighing you down, bring it to Jesus in this Sacrament and be free! God’s Mercy offers you a fresh start on this blessed feast. Please take advantage of the Graces He offers and celebrate well the gift of Divine Mercy.
Peace in Christ,
Father Matthew Kuhn
p.s. Eucharistic Adoration is a great way to celebrate Jesus’ Divine Mercy. Even if you cannot join us for our special celebration at 3:00 on Sunday, you are free to spend an hour with Jesus in the Eucharist whenever our churches are open. Archbishop Fulton Sheen gave a beautiful reflection on how to make a Holy Hour in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. You can read this reflection at https://catholicexchange.com/fulton-j-sheens-guide-to-making-a-holy-hour.