God's Divine Mercy
Divine Mercy. What is it? And, what does it mean for me?
Divine Mercy defines how God loves us. He loves each and every one of us. Infinitely. From the sinner to the saint, God loves each of us the same. Divine Mercy is something that Jesus offers us perpetually. His mercy is greater than all of our sins, the sins of those before us, and the sins of those who will come after us… combined. WOW! Is there any way to fully comprehend that statement?
HIS MERCY IS GREATER THAN ALL (past, present, future) OF OUR SINS COMBINED.
Think about that.
Contemplate the sins you’ve committed in your life, and then imagine the sins of the world & the magnitude of those sins throughout the history of man. It’s unfathomable to know that Jesus died on the cross for all of these sins and those that are yet to be committed. Nevertheless, the love that He shows through His Divine Mercy conquers all.
We recently had the opportunity to journey through the Lenten season in preparation for Easter, the day commemorating the moment in time when Jesus’ Resurrection changed everything we ever knew.
I want to share with you a quote that I just recently came across. It follows:
“The Cross had asked the questions; the Resurrection had answered them…. The Cross had asked: why does God permit evil and sin to nail Justice to a tree? The Resurrection answered: That sin having done its worst might exhaust itself and thus be overcome by Love that is stronger than either sin or death. Thus there emerges the Easter lesson that the power of evil and the chaos of any one moment can be defied and conquered for the basis of our hope is not in any construct of human power but in the power of God who has given to the evil of this earth its one mortal wound – an open tomb, a gaping sepulcher, and empty grave.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Wow… very powerful! Jesus overcame death because He wants us to know that no matter the sin, He will always be there to strengthen you, to pull you through the tough times, because He wants to share in eternal glory with us! He loved us so much that He willfully laid down His life for us, revealing that His love is greater than any struggle we could possibly face.
God wants us to constantly approach Him in prayer, asking for His Mercy, that we may receive the joy He has to offer.
I had the opportunity to attend World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland this past summer with a group of 80 students from UW-Madison and about 3 million other young adult Catholics from all over the world. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! It was extremely evident that each of these pilgrims had been touched by Jesus’ love in some way or another. Every one of them that I met had an apparent joy in their lives, and I think this was propagated because we were among so many other young Catholics – it makes you realize the magnitude of our Faith and the importance of community!
The first morning that we had in Kraków, our group of pilgrims made our way south to the area where the Sanctuary of St. John Paul II and the Divine Mercy Sanctuary stand within a mile of each other. Though we were there early, the area was already overcrowded with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. It tested our patience, determination, and stamina to get but a quick glimpse and brief veneration of the relics that were held within these sanctuaries. Though most of our time was spent outside, waiting to capture the moment, my group of fellow pilgrims and I knew that the simple act of being there, waiting in the masses for a chance to honor those who listened to God’s Merciful Love, allowed us to receive graces and growing in virtue.
After visiting the Sanctuary of St. John Paul II, we prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet in preparation for what we were to experience next at the Divine Mercy Sanctuary. Specifically, we wanted to see the original portrait of Sister Faustina’s vision of Jesus’ Divine Mercy and venerate her relics. As we came upon the monastery, we realized that this is when the crowd got even more dense, because the courtyard leading into the monastery’s chapel was too small for the crowds. People were backing up into the streets and down the block. There was no formulated line, it was simply a drove of people making their way to receive their moment with Divine Mercy.
While this experience was unique and very special in many ways, I want you to know that it doesn’t take traveling traveling 4,750 miles to receive God’s Divine Mercy… though it was a great testament to the Faith. In all reality, Divine Mercy is accessible to you right now in the present moment. All you need to do is ask and trust. Trust that God loves you infinitely more than you can ever imagine. Trust in His plan for you and listen to His words.
A powerful way to trust God is by receiving the sacrament of reconciliation, and allowing Him to work in you and through you. Remain faithful to Him, live like you’re loved, and if you have doubt, or trouble finding the words to pray, all you need to say is:
“Jesus, I Trust in You”
Mike Hess | LBH Core Team Alumni