Be not unbelieving, but believe… 3Apr2016

Divine Mercy image (3) (2)The flames of mercy are burning Me – clamoring to be spent; I want to keep pouring them out upon souls; souls just don’t want to believe in my goodness.”

Words of Jesus to Faustina as recounted in her Diary, par. 177


In February 1965, the Beatles released another hit song titled, “Eight Days a Week.” It spoke of the heart’s desire to love, and be loved, completely and without distraction, 24/7, every single day. For us Christians, that metaphor is a reality! God’s love for us—and His desire to be loved by us—fills the whole expanse of time 25/7, eight days a week, 53 weeks a year—especially during the Octave of Easter!

From Easter Sunday until Divine Mercy Sunday—that’s eight days—we celebrate Christ’s resurrection in a special way. Feast days are superseded by the Easter Mass. The Gloria, not a normal part of a weekday Mass, is said and the double Alleluia dismissal is used; it will be used only once more, on Pentecost, to close the Easter season.

The stories we hear in the readings from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, over and over proclaim to us the words of Jesus to a doubting Thomas, and to us, who have not seen: “Be not unbelieving, but believe!” Christ has risen from the dead, body and soul! His now Glorified Body has power over the normal physical limitations of our own human existence. He is alive. He is with us and He feeds us with His Glorified Body and Blood. This Mystery of Faith is the result of His passion, death and resurrection, which we celebrate, not just eight days a week, but continuously, all year long, within each and every Holy Mass.

Jesus also has an infinite desire of the heart to love and be loved not just eight days a week, but every day of our lives. It is out of this incomprehensible Love that He gives us His Divine Mercy – a Mercy that allows us to transcend our human limitations of love and borrow His love so that we can love Him in return. In His Divine Mercy we can “Be not unbelieving, but believe!” and say with confidence, Jesus, I trust in you!

Deacon Richard


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