On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked,
where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
and stood in their midst
and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
When He had said this,
He showed them His hands and His side.
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday.
The message of The Divine Mercy is simple: It is that God loves us — all of us, saints and sinners. He has an “ocean” of mercy, which is greater than our sins. We are to call on Him with trust and contrition, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others.
When I encounter great difficulties and find myself overwrought, desperate and suffering, I turn to Him with a child’s simple faith, and whisper: “Jesus, I trust in You.”
He always answers my plea.
So, to anyone out there whose soul and conscience may be stirred by this post, if you hear His voice, harden not your heart.
Take that first step by acknowledging you have sinned:
“O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell. But most of all because I have offended you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.”
All you have to do is make that first step . . . .
- Sunday Devotional: He has an ‘ocean of mercy’ for sinners
- Sunday Devotional: God of Mercy and of Right & Wrong
- God is Mercy, but we must ask (the miracle of the drowning man)
- Religious faith is most powerful non-medicine against pain