*HOMILY FOR DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY*
I Peter 1:3-9
*THEME: THIS MERCY IS BOUNDLESS*
Beloved, this Sunday we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. A commemoration of Jesus’ revelation to a Polish nun, Sr. Faustina Kowalska on the Divine Mercy. It was Pope St. John Paul II who on 30th April 2000 granted it to the Universal Church and fixed its celebration for the 2nd Sunday of Easter.
Beloved, what we celebrate today is the “mercy” of God; we don’t get the condemnation that we truly deserve for our sinful actions and inactions, but we are granted compassion and pardon by a merciful Father.(cf Titus 3:4-5)
For Pope Francis, God’s mercy is always connected to the sacrament of reconciliation as it celebrates the undeserved forgiveness of God for our sins.
Let me share with you a story Pope Francis shared on his first Angelus;
Bergoglio (B) : But if you haven’t commited any sins…
Woman (W) : All of us have committed sins…
B : But perhaps the Lord does not forgive them…
W : The Lord forgives everything.
B : But how do you know that?
W : If the Lord didn’t forgive anything, the world would not exist.
B : … Let’s not forget these words; the Lord never tires of forgiving us, never.
W : And so, Father what is the problem?
B : Ah. The problem is that we grow tired; we don’t want to ask, we grow tired of asking for forgiveness. He does not grow tired of forgiving us but at times, we grow tired of asking him for forgiveness.
Beloved we are not to grow tired of asking God for forgiveness and in return let us not delay in showing mercy to those in need.
We are reminded that God extended His mercy to us by allowing his son to pay the ransom for our sins, we too must extend this mercy to others. For we are called to be apostles of mercy. We do this by performing actions that extend God’s mercy to those in need.
We are charged to perform the corporal works of mercy (attending to the material and physical needs) namely; feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned and bury the dead.
And we are to perform the spiritual works of mercy as well (attending to the emotional and spiritual needs) namely; instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, admonish sinners, bear wrongs patiently, forgive offences willingly, comfort the afflicted and pray for the living and the dead.
Let us resolve to be merciful to one another and also appreciate the gift of the sacrament of reconciliation in the Church so as to appropriate to ourselves the effects of God’s mercy.
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