St Augustine says, “I speak to you who have just been reborn in baptism, my little children in Christ, you who are the new off-spring of the Church gift of the Father, proof of Mother Church fruitfulness. All of you who stand fast in the Lord are a holy seed, a new colony of bees, the very flower of our ministry and fruit of our toil, my joy and my crown…You have all been clothed with Christ by your baptism in him… Such is is the power of this sacrament: it is the sacrament of new life which begins here and now with the forgiveness of all past sins, and will be brought to completion in the resurrection of the dead.”
Divine Mercy Sunday reminds of our our Baptism. Jesus gives us today the grace of new life. We are given a taste of the new life that we will experience in it fullness in heaven.
St Augustine says, “This is the octave of your new birth. Today is fulfilled in you the sign of faith that was prefigured in the Old Testament by the circumcision of the flesh on the eight day after birth…By his resurrection he consecrated Sunday, or the Lord’s day. Though the third after his passion, this day is the eighth after the Sabbath, and thus the also the first day of the week.”
John Paul II said, “Love is the flower mercy is the blossom. Divine Mercy Sunday is last day of Easter Sunday. On Easter Sunday Jesus rose from the dead. The fruit of the resurrection is mercy and the forgiveness of sins. When St Augustine says it is the first day of the week he is saying the old week is over, we are now in the first day of new week which is Heaven. Today is the first day of Heaven. St Augustine says, “And so your own hope of resurrection, though not yet realized, is sure and certain because you have received the sacrament or sign of this reality, and thus have been given the pledge of the Spirit.”
Mercy is the greatest attribute of God,
Divine Mercy, gushing forth from the bosom of the Father, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, greatest attribute of God, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, unfathomed by any intellect, human or angelic, I trust in you.
We are most like God when we are merciful. Even in Heaven we will never fully understand the Mercy of God. His Mercy is boundless. It is a ocean of Mercy. Even the greatest of sins is only a drop in the ocean of God’s Mercy.
Jesus I trust in You