Divine Mercy Sunday, A Gift To Be Forgiven

We read in the gospel this Sunday that when Jesus appeared to the disciples on that first day of the week, "He breathed on them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained (Jn 20:22-23). Jesus entrusted them with the gift of "forgiving sins," a gift that flows from the wounds in His hands, His feet, and especially from His pierced side. From there a wave of mercy is poured out over all humanity.

Today, God's forgiveness is offered to his people through the sacrament of confession as the disciples of the Lord, the priest, continue embracing the mission and grace to bring reconciliation to those who have a contrite heart and seek God's pardon. Let us relive this moment with great spiritual intensity. Today, the Lord also shows us His glorious wounds and His Heart, an inexhaustible source of light and truth, of love and forgiveness. Our Merciful Jesus is there at the sacrament of penance to renew our souls and redeem us.

Jesus, we trust in you. Mary, Mother of Mercy, help us always to have this trust in your Son, our Redeemer. Help us too, St. Faustina, who we remember today with special affection. Fixing our weak gaze on the divine Savior's face, we would like to repeat with you, "Jesus, I trust in You!" now and forever. Amen. May the power of the Resurrection of the Lord illuminate your life and family.

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