By Father Paul Wicker
“Almighty and ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading your people and bestow your peace on our times.”
What a beautiful prayer today! Yes, Our God governs all things with Divine Mercy, making us as beautiful as a Bride! Listen with your Heart to today’s first reading from Isaiah 62:1-5:
You shall be called “My Delight” and your land “Espoused.”
As a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you!”
(How does it feel to be married to God? To be God’s spouse?)
What a day to celebrate Divine Mercy!
Today’s readings from Sacred Scripture powerfully call us to believe, experience and pass on to each other our Joy in being God’s beloved!
In the Hebrew Bible Mercy (Chesed) means “loving kindness”, “God’s steadfast loyalty.” And so often Mercy is connected to “truth” (emet) which means behaving ethically and being faithful to God’s will.
Whenever you and I are kind to another, allowing God’s loving Spirit to move through us to another, from another to us, are we not blessed with the merciful governing presence of our God? God wills to govern us with Divine Mercy! And God is so patient with us! Choosing us to be Delightful in our faithfulness to share Divine Mercy! To be a surprising Joy of Divine Mercy for anyone!
In the Wedding feast at Cana Mary tells Jesus the wine is running out! Mary’s living mercy for the wedding reception! Jesus sees the need and has the servants fill 6 stone water jars, each holding 20-30 gallons and used for washing before meals. He then asked them to draw some out for the head waiter. And the head waiter tastes this very special wine made by Jesus from wash water! Can you imagine the Joy in that room?
When you and I see a need, are we not called to respond with Divine Mercy? And when we do, no matter how difficult, we bring the joy of Jesus in bringing His Mercy to another…. And most often we receive this Divine Mercy from another. Sometimes tears of forgiveness come. Sometimes smiles, hugs and “thank you” come.
May we remember in prayer and in action our call to be and to help each other to be Delightful to God who gives us Jesus to take us for better for worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health all the way into heaven!
And I bring you good news! Oksana and Oleg have told me that this year in Ukraine will be a year of the Family! Please pray for them! Their needs are so many! For 4 generations the Soviet system worked to destroy family loyalty, to forbid faith education, to destroy religion. Now they need our prayers and financial help!