Divine Mercy Sunday

I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all a blessed and holy Divine Mercy Sunday –  a day of great graces!

We focus, as is very much the theme of this Easter Season, on the infinite love, goodness, and mercy of God, in today’s Feast. We focus on trust in the Lord: Jesus, I trust in You!

Our current situation focusses our minds very intently on this need for trust, and the acknowledgement that we are safe in God’s hands. God is the Lord of this world, and of the whole of Creation, and not human governments or powers. In fact, if anything, this current crisis had made us realise just how powerless we are as human beings, and how easily things can pass beyond our supposed control. We are not lords of our own lives, but God is.

When we recognise that God is indeed Lord of all, in control of everything, master of everything, then we need have no fear. Why be afraid when He Who Is Love is in charge, because all that He wills is our good, all that concerns Him is loving? We need then to pray that fear be cast out of our lives and love and trust enter in. Jesus I Trust in You – what a powerful, confident, prayer, a prayer recommended to us by the Lord Himself.

Fear cripples, but love sets free and saves… Fear is the tool of the Devil to enchain us, Love is the power of God and brings about our true liberty in Him…

We might feel a bit like St. Peter at this time when he walked out of the boat, across the waters, to be with the Lord – he began to fear and to sink – perhaps we feel like this at the moment… how long will this go on, how will effect me and my loved ones and all that we hold dear? They are reasonable concerns. But what is more reasonable, and more important is to think back to that story of St. Peter and remember how the Lord was there on the waters too, to reach out to Peter when he was sinking and to save him. Is Jesus not here to do the same for us? Of course He is! He is always here, always with us, always here to rescue!

The current crisis has overwhelmed many people with fear – and this is not good. We should not fear, we should trust as the Lord asks us to. We should hope in His goodness and mercy to see us through, and we should do our very best, by intensifying our prayer lives, in order to come closer to the Heart of the Lord where we can learn to be more trusting.

In a sense, in a very real sense, we should be in more fear and trembling over the salvation of our souls than we are over our bodies, and I do not mean, at all, that we should not take the very best care of the gift of physical life and health that God has given us. But what I do mean is that the salvation of our souls is even more important – without question – because our eternal destiny is to be with the Lord in Heaven, and the world and all that is in it is passing. We need to keep our eyes fixed on the Lord and on the goal of Heaven – this will keep us joyful, too, as we know that this “veil of tears” is temporary and the blissful life of Heaven is for ever – where there is no fear, or suffering, or pain.

Jesus, I trust in You – this should be our motto in life – Jesus, I trust in You… for there is nothing from which He cannot save us, no darkness which He cannot lighten, no scourge which He cannot take away from us, no fear which He cannot dispel… all things against His infinite love and mercy are nothing, so trust in the Lord always, always… and be at peace knowing that He is with you, now and every moment, and that He calls you to remain focussed on Him, trusting in Him, full of love for Him. Blessed be God, now and for ever!

(Please remember to join me on the Parish Facebook page for live streamed prayer today – I have also attached some videos below)

God bless you,

Fr. Martin

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