Have mercy on me, o God


Easter Day,  Feast of the Ascension, Feast of Pentecost… so goes  the  list of  our  major feasts. But  there is  one feast that  we often forget.. It is the Feast of  Divine Mercy that falls on the   Sunday after Easter. We know that a plenary indulgence is guaranteed to those who observe this  feast  with due preparation.  We are also familiar  with the other aspects of  the messages about  Divine Mercy  like  the  Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the  Image of  Divine Mercy as revealed through St  Faustina.

Jesus categorically told Faustina that  unless humanity  trusts  in his   mercy, the world will not know peace. We realize the  relevance of these  words now.  Jesus also told Faustina that  he desires everyone to know about his mercy. It will be a sign of the end times and the  day of divine justice will follow it. He has also warned that those who refuse to enter through the door of divine mercy  will have to  go through the door of divine justice.

Jesus assures us about the  depth of  his  mercy  by  telling us that it is infinite. Nobody should  hesitate to  seek refuge under  divine mercy.  When we  pray for God’s mercy, we are  bound to give mercy to others around  us also. In fact this is the primary condition of  getting mercy from God. Our Lord exhorts us to be merciful as our Father is merciful.

Irrespective of  the number  and gravity of  our sins, we should not  doubt to trust in  God’s mercy. Because God has promised that no person who trusts in divine mercy  will be rejected. So let us draw as much as we   want from God’s  mercy  on this  feast day of  Divine Mercy  by observing it in a   proper way. But before that, we should pledge to  give mercy to others as well. They should be   able to  experience the   mercy of God  through our acts of mercy towards them.

Divine Mercy is our last hope. This  thought should always lead us. Jesus has said this also: I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity.” (Diary of St Faustina: No  965)

Let us pray: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.(Ps. 51:1)

We wish all the readers of  V- Catholic a blessed Feast of Divine Mercy.