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Divine Mercy in the Church Today

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Divine Mercy Sunday ~ 28 April 2019

Jesus, I trust in you.

Lord, as I think about, pray about that simple, holy prayer and the graces you shared with Sister Faustina I am moved to believe You are calling your people to greater trust, to move beyond images and prayers  so comfortable to mercies and graces so powerful and needed.

Jesus, Savior, I trust in you.  Have mercy on your people wounded by sin and scandal.  Heal those scarred by the sins of others and by the lies offered by bitterness and unforgiveness.  Jesus help us to use the stones we are tempted to cast upon those we judge to, instead, build bridges of mercy and hope, for all.

Jesus, Lord, I trust in you.  Your Body is challenged with divisions and strife when  your Liturgy becomes times and places where many are busy judging if others are praying in the ways and words they judge others should be using.  Jesus help us to truly love and worship your Real Presence in Word and Eucharist and….in each other.

Jesus, Shepherd of our souls, I trust in you.  The pride and comfort we take in our tidy, comfortable God boxes is excluding us from the abundance of life and faith you seek us to share. Forgive us for quenching your Holy Spirit who would guide us to grow in The Truth that makes us free.  Lead us from practices and traditions not rooted in your holy, redeeming love.  Lead us Holy Shepherd in those paths of righteousness for Your sake.

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

Risen Christ ~ Divine Mercy

Here is the cyber-version of my homily for this Second Sunday of Easter ~ Divine Mercy Sunday:
Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter, also recognized as Divine Mercy Sunday {St. Faustina}. Our Bible readings share the rich and clear message of that holy mercy of God needed, found and lived in the hearts and lives of the early believers in the Risen Christ.
Most Christians at some point in their life have wondered and desired to have been able to be there, to see, hear and touch Jesus. It is in knowing that longing our Lord shared in John’s Gospel account a profound promise and blessing that even the very Apostles could not receive.
“Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
This singular promise, this blessing, although given over 2000 years ago, is found and experienced in the same simple journey as those believers in Jerusalem those days following our Lord’s resurrection.

Risen Christ, His Mercy is Needed: The post-crucifixion disciples, fear-bound in doubt-locked rooms remained so until the Risen Christ brought His mercy to them.
Thomas the Apostle, known for his honesty caution and doubts needed the merciful encounter with his Risen Lord to be freed to become the Apostle of the East.
Sister Faustina, by the world’s standards trapped by a life of poverty and very limited education was to become the Saint of the Divine Mercy by her simple yieldedness to her Risen Lord.
And we today, bound by sin, by fears, pride, and doubts need Christ’s mercies that are as new this day as they were that first Easter over two thousand years ago.

Jesus Risen from the Dead is our Mercy Found: The faith of the early Church was loosed as they received Christ:
In His Word as they heard and received His Word of peace and purpose,
In the power of God’s Spirit & Peace, receiving living the life of forgiveness and sharing that same forgiveness in word and deed,
In His Wounds as Thomas presented the pattern and proof for all that as we enter the wounds of Christ His holiness, wholeness and love bring the mercy of the Father.

Jesus, Mercy, Lived: The early Church that we read of in our first reading from the Book of Acts is beautiful in the simple power of selfless love and faith. Dismissed by many as a fluke and experiment that failed it is in reality the pattern that is meant to be applied and lived by all true believers. While most will not live in a structured community of faith this pattern, when lived in homes, parishes, hearts and lives will allow the very real Presence and Blessing of the Risen Jesus, His Love and mercy, His power and peace to be lived, known and shared.

Whether we look to the example of the Apostle Thomas, from doubter and skeptic to the Apostle & martyr to the East; the early Church living in simple selfless trust and love; the 20th century example of St. Faustina; we hear and see the promise and call of our Lord to receive the blessing of His divine mercy and to then live that mercy in our deeds and words.

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