Grace to you!
As I look at the picture of Divine Mercy (and I would suggest you fix your gaze on it as well), I see mercy as never before. I am reminded of the very nature of human weakness, the ugliness of sin, and the triumph of God's Mercy.
Let me say this bluntly. Sin is boring.
Do you know what is exciting? It's a sorrowful heart. It's when a repentant person comes before the one sinned against, deeply sorry. Ask a priest at the confessional, and he will tell you. Ask parents with a problem child, and they will inform you. The joy of reconciliation surpasses that of many human excitements.
Divine Mercy Sunday is a special day to be immersed in this most exciting aspect of the human relationship with God. Don't you realize when God stares at the sinner, He looks with compassion? When He gazes at a repentant sinner, He looks with mercy?
God's mercy isn't like ours. For us, mercy goes with memory. For us, we can forgive but can't forget. For us, people must merit mercy. For us, we have to make them pay for what they've done. Isn't this an integral part of our justice system? For us, mercy keeps records.
Divine Mercy is entirely different. No one merits it. No one can afford it. It's grace at its best. God forgives and deletes the memory, to use an imperfect human analogy. No track record anymore. God's mercy isn't dependent on our restitution, because our reparation can't, in a strict sense, remedy the infinite consequences of sin. God's priority isn't retribution, either. It is reconciliation.
Divine mercy is dependent on the merits of Christ's Sorrowful Passion. God looks at the blood of His Son and looks down to see us at the foot of that cross, and His gaze is of mercy and compassion. We better be at the foot of that cross where there is a generous outpouring of blood and water of mercy.
It appears to me that in terms of sin and a repentant person (penitent), God does not look at the sinner first. God looks at the Son and through the Son to the sinner. In other words, God's gaze on repentant sinners is through the lens of His Son. The sinner becomes part of the Body of Christ. Thus, when God looks at that sinner, He sees the Redeemer's scars, wounds, and blood cleansing the wounds of sin of the sinner. God sees the Crucified in the sinner and showers mercy and healing. God touches the heart and wounds of the sinner with the healing balm of compassion.
It seems to me that the Divine Mercy Devotion signature—“Jesus I trust in you,” is a constant appeal to this merit of the Son for us. It’s an example of immersion in Divine Mercy.
As we celebrate this special day of mercy, may we approach Jesus with humble acknowledgment of our need for mercy. May we come with a contrite heart and witness the excitement of reconciliation with God at the Great Sacrament of Mercy, Confession. May we also show mercy to others. Not because they merit it. Instead, because it's God's will for us, having ourselves received mercy from God. And may our merciful hearts equally manifest itself in corporal works of mercy for the unloved, the poor, the lonely, the imprisoned, the homeless and addicts. May we bless everyone around us and our community with the "creativity of love"(Pope Francis, 2020).
Pray: For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen. Lord Jesus, make us your instruments and disciples of mercy. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu Ph.D., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.