We are here today, on Divine Mercy Sunday, to reflect upon and pray for God’s mercy.
To understand mercy, though, we must first consider justice. Justice is that which is owed to another. It is a sort of obligation. It is logically necessitated.
An example of this would involve our Sunday obligation. Our weekly mass attendance is a natural law principle, meaning it’s knowable by reason, and not a religious one. We should go to Mass because we are creatures and God is the creator. We owe Him our love and worship by virtue of who we are and who He is.
Mercy on the other hand is a gift. When Adam and Eve sinned against God, and we inherited their original sin, God did not owe us mercy. He chose, out of love, to shower us with that mercy. And that mercy comes in the person of Jesus Christ.
This same Jesus Christ appeared often to Sister Faustina a nun in Poland during the 1930’s.
On February 22nd of 1931 Jesus appeared to Sister Faustina in her cell. She recalls the event in her diary:
“In the evening, when I was in my cell, I became aware of the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From the opening of the garment at the breast there came forth two large rays, one red and the other pale. In silence I gazed intently at the Lord; my soul was overwhelmed with fear, but also with great joy. After a while Jesus said to me, ‘paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the inscription: Jesus, I trust in You.'”
Now. In today’s gospel, we see Jesus approach the man, ask and heal. In other words, Jesus initiates, prompts and sustains the man’s healing. We see here very clearly the kind of God that we have. From the very moment that Adam and Eve sinned, God promised that He would save us from ourselves. He did this, as you know, in the person of Jesus Christ and leading up to Christ’s incarnation through covenants with mankind.
This plan continues on today in the form of the sacrament of confession by means of a Catholic priest who administers the sacrament. The priest, who stands in the person of Christ, represents the Church which holds this treasure chest of mercy purchased by the death of Christ.
By Ryan Bilodeau