We have been told umpteen times that the   mercy of our God is  infinite. And there is  nothing wrong in proclaiming  the fathomless mercy of  the Heavenly Father. It is  beyond  human comprehension as Isaiah writes; ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your  thoughts’ (Isa 55:9). Remember that this is  stated in the context of   God’s mercy. ‘Let them return to the Lord, that  he may have mercy on them, and to our  God, for he will abundantly pardon’ (Isa 55:7). 

God’s mercy  covers the whole universe as  oceans cover the earth. St Faustina calls it the ‘Ocean of His mercy’ in her Diary (see 1142 and 1319).  It is not  like a  priest sprinkling holy water on us where a few droplets might  fall on us, but Divine Mercy is an ocean where we are given a  chance to immerse ourselves. It is not for those who would like to just  sit and  relax  at the shores but to those  who are  ready to  dive deep into the  ocean and experience it.

For the one who  sits at the beach watching the   waves  caressing his feet, Divine Mercy is  a  distant dream and will remain as such forever.  But for the one  who, like a  child jumping into the  hands of its mother, jumps into the hands of the  Lord will experience His  mercy in its  fullness.

We have  the archetypes of both at Calvary. They were hung on two crosses on either side of Jesus Christ. In those hours when Divine Love was  manifest in all  its  shades, and when   Divine  Mercy was  overflowing  like an ocean to encompass the whole of humanity, one  was  just  looking at it.  He knew that  he too should be  a beneficiary of it.  We see his   friend on the other side of  Jesus’s cross reminding him about it also. But something  held  him back from trusting in the mercy  of  God. In his folly he  demanded  Jesus to  go   and save him. He forgot the  most important  condition to  get mercy from God, that there should not be   any conditions for  a person  approaching the seat of  mercy. All that he could do is to  pray for mercy, because   mercy is not a right or privilege but a  favor from God. 

The other  person   knew it. His prayer was  as open as his heart. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk 23:42). The petition was  without any strings and  the reply too was quick and  unconditional.  “Truly  I tell you, today you will be with me in  Paradise” (Lk 23:43).

The  flow of God’s mercy stops at the door of the  unrepentant.  Any  teaching – and there are many – extolling the  mercy of God   as available to  every person irrespective of whether he repents or not, is not a teaching from heaven.  It is true that  Jesus died for our salvation. It is equally true that   all of humanity  from Adam to the last person  on earth  stands saved by  the  precious blood of Jesus. Jesus has  done  his part. Now it is our   turn to  claim it.  At Calvary, Jesus  opened the doors of  Divine Mercy to us and we should approach him with a contrite heart  to  get inside.

These are days  granted  by  God for  humanity to  repent and  experience His  love and mercy. His intention is to  cleanse us in the ocean of  His mercy  and  make us  worthy to enter  Paradise. Woe to those who live in a fool’s paradise thinking  that  God’s mercy will save the unrepentant too.

Let us pray for the grace to  take refuge in Divine Mercy with a contrite heart.