The Second Sunday of Easter is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.
Today’s message—that of unconditional love and forgiveness—is both a consolation to me, a sinner, and a call to action. In other words, having been shown great mercy in my life, I am called to show great mercy.
I stand to learn a lot from this feast.
For me, it’s more like…really, Lord? I have to be merciful to him? To her?
“Yes,” comes the answer, “You have to forgive. You have to love.”
Fair enough, I have to love. What does that mean for me, exactly? Well, in the words of my beloved Father Escrivá: “You have to love your fellow men to the point where even their defects, as long as they do not constitute an offense against God, hardly seem to you to be defects at all.
“If you love only the good qualities you see in others — if you do not know how to be understanding, to make allowances for them and forgive them — you are an egoist.”
He can blunt, do you not find?
He knows the weakness of my lukewarm heart.
And yet…and yet…there are graces for lukewarm people like me! That’s the beauty of today’s feast—Our Lord meets us where we are and where we need Him, if only…if only…we take that first step.
Say it to Him. Say it today—and say it often. “Jesus, I’m weak but I know You can help me.”
“Jesus, I trust in You.”