This Sunday we are celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday. This great feast has been celebrated since the year 2000 when St. John Paul II canonized St. Faustina Kowalska, to whom Jesus gave the Divine Mercy message. John Paul told us “Be not afraid.” He inspired us to approach the merciful heart of Jesus and to be the people who bring mercy to others.
Cardinal Wuerl, of Philadelphia, in talking of Divine Mercy Sunday, joins the two themes of Mercy and the New Evangelization together. He explains it this way “by loving one another as Jesus loves us, by being merciful as God himself is merciful, we provide others with the opportunity of an encounter with Christ.”
Mercy is a word that can change everything…you and I and the whole world. It’s one of Pope Francis’ favorite words. He doesn’t shy away from asking us to see sharing mercy as a ministry…a way of life. He says “we need constantly contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace….our salvation depends on it.”
Our daily caring for others…..our children, our aging parents, our neighbors and friends, are some of the many ways we are being called upon to practice mercy and to be proclaimers of the good news of salvation. We truly can make a difference in the lives of the people that come into our daily lives.
St. Marianne Cope parish will be hosting the diocesan wide Divine Mercy devotion this Sunday, April 8th, at 3pm at St. Joseph’s Church.
What a powerful invitation to come to Him and ask for His mercy. Won’t you join us? What a great gift Jesus has given us!