Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
"But he was pierced for our sins, crushed for our iniquity. He bore the punishment that makes us whole, by his wounds we were healed." —Eph 2:4-5
On Divine Mercy Sunday, the focus is on the healing power of Our Lord's Mercy. Through Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Confessions, praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy, we focus our attention to God's Divine Mercy. Along with the regular Mass schedule, we will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the main church and Confessions beginning at 2:00pm.
In honor of Divine Mercy, there will be a recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy beginning at 2:30pm. We will conclude the octave day of Easter with Mass at 3:00pm in which we will ask for Our Lord's Divine Mercy to heal our hearts, our minds, and our bodies.
Why is Our Lord's Divine Mercy so important? Wholeness and holiness. Every person has a built-in desire for wholeness and we were made for holiness. These desires for joy and for God are deeply rooted in our heart. The good news is that Our Lord desires to heal our broken heart… to bind up our wounds… to make us whole. Jesus said, “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30). Our Lord longs to take our sins from us and to rescue us from isolation and sadness. Through our baptism, Jesus clothes us in garments of gladness. That is the lesson of His mercy and love.
Please take advantage of this time of great grace. Often times our sickness, like other forms of human suffering, gives us an opportunity to encounter the living Christ… to ask for grace, for healing, or for the willingness to seek God’s mercy in a spirit of faith and submission to God's will. On this Divine Mercy Sunday, let us pray for the restoration of our physical health as well as our spiritual health.
May Our Lord's Divine Mercy mend the broken hearted, restore hope, and bring joy to all in need of healing. This is part of the Church's experience in every age and today is no different. Our Lord desires to restore to health us and make us whole.
Fr. Don Kline, V.F.