On this Second Sunday of Easter – Sunday of Divine Mercy, the Marists invite you to reflect on two of the following quotes from Pope Francis:
“Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the Church; it constitutes her very existence, through which the profound truths of the Gospel are made manifest and tangible. Everything is revealed in mercy; everything is resolved in the merciful love of the Father.” (- Pope Francis, Misericordia et misera, November 20, 2016)
Reminding us of Jesus’ words to Saint Faustina: “’I am love and mercy itself; there is no human misery that could measure up to my mercy’ (Diary, 14 September 1937). At one time, the Saint, with satisfaction, told Jesus that she had offered him all of her life and all that she had. But Jesus’ answer stunned her: ‘You have not offered me the thing is truly yours.’ What had that holy nun kept for herself? Jesus said to her with kindness: ‘My daughter, give me your failings’ (10 October 1937). We too can ask ourselves: ‘Have I given my failings to the Lord? Have I let him see me fall so that he can raise me up?’ Or is there something I still keep inside me? A sin, a regret from the past, a wound that I have inside, a grudge against someone, an idea about a particular person… The Lord waits for us to offer him our failings so that he can help us experience his mercy.” (- Pope Francis, Homily, Holy Mass on the Feast of Divine Mercy, April 19, 2020
Marists do the work of Mary in this world; participate in her realm of mercy by being instruments of mercy.