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Henderson John 2015 2016April 23, 2017

Greetings,

I hope you are well and I pray that you are happy! I also pray that you are having a great Easter! 50 days of celebration! Let’s be honest, Easter is not just a day but our way of living. We are an Easter People! During this special time of year we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday! St. Pope John Paul, in his discernment, decided to highlight Divine Mercy on the Second Sunday of Easter. His decision was based on the private revelations of St. Faustina Kowalska. She recommended a particular devotion to the Divine Mercy. Mercy is not a new invention and has always been a part of the Easter season but it needed to be proclaimed in a louder and bolder way. Let us really celebrate MERCY!

Jesus is Divine Mercy given to each of us personally. God sends his only Son to die for our sins, accepting the punishment that we all deserve because of our sins. Jesus is Lord and His mercy is freely given. Jesus changes judgement to Grace, blessing us and setting us free. He not only shows mercy but fills us with His Grace.  It is so exciting that the death, burial and resurrection mean something for all of us. Resurrection is really about love and mercy.

What should be our response to divine mercy? First, give thanks to God for the gift of mercy and blessing us with Grace. Thank you God for loving us first, and for accepting us with open arms on the cross. Second, go to confession!  Making a good confession and being sorrowful for your sins is important. You can accept or reject God’s mercy. It is not forced upon you and it is not magic. Be careful if you think that it does not matter how we live our lives, that God’s love does not care. God’s mercy is freely given but it can be rejected. Third, pray for the Holy Father, pray for our Archbishop, pray for the Church. We all need to pray for one another and especially, we need to go to the Eucharist, the source and summit of our lives.

Finally, serve one another! On Holy Thursday I washed the feet of 12 people as a sign of humility. We all need humility. We all need to move from being selfish to being selfless. Humility is a great act of mercy and a humble person shares God’s love with one another. God is humility and mercy flows from such an awesome God.  You are a child of God! You are loved! You are blessed! You are the one God has chosen to be God’s own. Accept his Mercy and be merciful to one another. Have a great week!

 

Your friend,

Fr. John