Christ is risen! And that is not the end of the story. We are called to carry Christ into the world around us each and every day. We have 50 more days of celebration! Our Easter celebration is not over until Pentecost. And this Sunday we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.
I have a great love for Saint Faustina. Our first parish in Kentucky was named in her honor. The great message that Jesus pours out mercy upon the whole world is not a new one. However, it is one that is needed now more than ever. The image of the Divine Mercy shows two streams coming forth from the heart of Jesus. These streams are red for the blood of Jesus (which is the Life of Souls), and pale for the water (which justify souls). This image is supposed to remind us that God is full of charity, forgiveness and love for ALL people.
We live in a time when hope is hard to hold on to. But the reminder this Sunday gives us about the never-ending love of God is so very vital. In this message, we find hope even when things seem so very dark.
Part of the message is also that in these dark times, we must continue to gather to share the hope and love of God. I know how very difficult this can be. I struggle with depression and PTSD. This makes it hard sometimes to gather with others. However, I make myself be present to those around me. This is as much for them as it is for me! And more times than not, I walk away feeling happy, blessed and loved!
Join us this Divine Mercy Sunday to celebrate the love, hope, forgiveness, and compassion of our Heavenly Father!