Sunday, April 18, 2004
The ABC's of Divine Mercy  

The message of our Lord's Divine Mercy is so important for our time. We are all in need of a deeper understanding of how much God loves us. Many are indifferent to God. Many are hostile toward God. Many of us love God with a lukewarm heart. Others of love God fervently until our circumstances become difficult. In all these responses to God, there is a lack of understanding of His mercy. I believe that our Lord wanted the message of Divine Mercy promoted through Saint Faustina in order that we could begin to grasp the infinite mercy and love He has for each one of us.

To gain a better sense of what that means, I often remember Mother Angelica remarking that Jesus would have suffered, died, and rose again if I was the only person on earth. That is an incredible love! He would do everything He did, for my soul. Thinking about that mystery of His love leaves me with a sense of awe for our Lord that is very comforting.

On EWTN's site, they have information about the ABC's of Divine Mercy:

The message of mercy is that God loves us — all of us —
no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that
His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon
Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to
others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. It is a message
we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC.

A — Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach
Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and
asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon
the whole world.

B — Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy
and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to
extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does
to us.

C — Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know
that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our
trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will

As it is clear from these ABC's, the key is our trust in Jesus. We must trust Jesus to ask for His mercy. We must trust Jesus to enable us to be merciful. And we must trust Jesus more than we have before to grow in His grace.

We can trust in Him completely because our Lord is completely trustworthy. He died and rose again for us in order to conquer sin and death. He has vanquished the enemies of our souls for us. His love for us is infinite. He wants us to receive His love and enter into the joy of His kingdom.

For all of us, the question is whether we will indeed trust in Him and to what extent will we trust in Him. I pray that this Divine Mercy Sunday, we might see a tremendous outpouring of God's grace upon the Church and the world in order that souls might turn to Christ, that we might become better disciples of our Lord, and that we would grow in our apostolate of being instruments of His Divine Mercy.

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