How to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday
The Image of Divine Mercy
Was this the Image the Apostles and Thomas saw? They saw Our Lord in His glory with His wounds walking towards them in the upper room and what did he say? “Peace be with you,” and he instituted the Sacrament of Penance. This is the same room where on Holy Thursday He instituted the Eucharist.
The Divine Mercy Image should be given great honor in our homes and in our churches.
Our Lord Speaks:
“I want the Image to be solemnly blessed on the First Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it” (Diary 341). Our risen Savior has pale and red rays streaming from His side. These rays symbolize the blood and water that flowed from His side while He was on the cross, but in His appearance to St. Faustina, they had been transformed into glorious rays. The red ray is the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the blood and life of the soul. It is the food that makes us one with Our Lord. His blood and our blood unite. The pale ray is the Sacrament of Baptism and Reconciliation, which brings us into union with Christ. When we are wounded by sin, the great physician heals us through his priests.
In 1931, Our Lord appeared to Saint Faustina in a vision. She saw Jesus clothed in a white garment with His right hand raised in blessing. His left hand was touching His garment in the area of the heart, from where two large rays came forth, one red and the other pale. She gazed intently at the Lord in silence. Her soul filled with awe, but also with great joy. Jesus said to her:
Our Lord Speaks:
“Paint an image according to the pattern you see with the signature: Jesus, I Trust in You... I promise that the soul that venerates this Image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I, Myself, will defend it as My own glory (Diary 47, 48)... I am offering people a vessel to the fountain of mercy (Sacraments). That vessel is this Image with the signature, Jesus, I Trust in You,” (Diary 327) ... “I desire that this Image be venerated first in your chapel and then throughout the world.” (Diary 47).
Saint Faustina asked Our Lord, “What is the meaning of the two rays?”
Our Lord Speaks:
“The two rays denote blood and water. The pale ray stands for the water which makes the soul righteous. The red ray stands for the blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My tender mercy when My agonized heart was opened by the lance on the cross. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him (Diary 299)... By means of this Image, I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works” (Diary 742).
When we sin, we donít change His love for us
When we sin, we disfigure His image in us. When we sin, we think Heís going to smack us down. We smack ourselves down. Our hearts harden and we block His blessings from coming in. All God wants to do is bless us. This picture of Divine Mercy is blessing. Look at this Image. Is He angry or mad? No, He is blessing. One hand raised in blessing, the other pointing to His merciful heart. He invites you to His heart and is pouring His spirit upon us. Godís love is an action and that is a blessing. Pope John Paul said Jesus came to reveal the Father, who is rich in mercy. That was our Lordís mission, to reveal Godís mercy. From the beginning to the end of time, the whole of Godís work is a blessing (catechism of the Catholic Church 1079). “The Father is acknowledged and adored as the source and the end of all blessings of creation and salvation. Through His word, which is Jesus Christ, He pours into our hearts the gift that contains all gifts, The Holy Spirit (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1082).”
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