Gospel Reflection for
Sunday of the Divine Mercy
Some of Christ’s Words to St Faustina about Sin and Mercy
When Jesus spoke to St Faustina, he never shied away from this uncomfortable topic.
He once told her:
- Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion.
- I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy.
- If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity…tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near. (Diary, 965)
In another conversation, he explained the power of his mercy by explaining the ugliness of sin:
- Were a soul like a decaying corpse, so that from a human standpoint, there would be no hope of restoration and everything would already be lost, it is not so with God. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full. (Diary, 1448)
Sin, our rejection of God’s friendship, separates us from God, the source of all life, so a decaying corpse is the perfect image to describe a soul in the grips of sin.
But the most disturbing thing about sin is that, unless a sinner seeks God’s forgiveness, which is always available and unconditional, it can lead to eternal separation from God, to hell. St Faustina was given a vision of hell, in which she saw the torturous sufferings of the condemned. She wrote afterwards that God had given her this vision “so that no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no hell, or that nobody has ever been there, and so no one can say what it is like.” She also wrote, “I would have died at the very sight of these tortures if the omnipotence of God had not supported me” (Diary, 741).
Christ’s mercy is a big deal, because our sins are a big deal. But Christ’s mercy is the bigger deal. Jesus told St Faustina that compared to his mercy her miseries were like a tiny twig being thrown into a roaring fire.
Jesus wants to incinerate our sins and selfish tendencies with his love; he just needs us to throw our twigs into the flames.
When we realize the gift of Easter, joy is the best response.
(From ePriest – April 2021)