The Lord is kind and merciful… 28Feb2016

Divine Mercy image (3) (2)“I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death.”

Words of Jesus to Faustina recounted in her Diary, par. 48

 

The story of the Exodus is the story of God’s love and commitment to the descendants of Abraham. It is a story of His might and power. It is a story of His eternal longing for the descendants of Adam, the whole human race, to be with Him forever. In the same way that He chooses a race of people, the Israelites, and accomplishes for them what they could not accomplish for themselves – freedom – He does the same for us. He accomplishes our freedom from sin and loosens our feet of clay from all those magnetic attractions of this world, allowing us to pursue the eternal glory He has created for us. This, too, is beyond our ability but He, again out of His storehouse of Mercy and Love, accomplishes what we cannot accomplish on our own.

In spite of this unquenchable desire for our salvation, He warns us not to take for granted His Love and Mercy. Jesus cautions us that complacency is our worst enemy. It can lead us to think that salvation is automatic, that God’s power will supplant our own lack of initiative. Yes, the story of the fig tree is an analogy of God’s persistence. He does not give up on us but, at the same time, cautions us not to give up on ourselves. “I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” The Father constantly waits for His prodigal son to come to his senses, to “turn with” the desires of the Father – “to convert” – and return to Him who longs to give His son the inheritance designed for him from before time began.

The story of Divine Mercy, recounted to St. Faustina in many visions and made present in this Year of Mercy, is the story of God’s unrelenting love for us. His Mercy is for all who repent and seek it. He gives us the image of His Divine Mercy to prayerfully venerate and contemplate and remind us of this great Truth.

Deacon Richard

 

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