“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His love has no end”. (Ps.117
Today, we have the joy of blessing the newly painted Icon of Jesus as he appeared to Sr Faustina. We thank Ana de Jong for her gift to our church. She spent many hours contemplating the Icon of the apparition and painting it. I hope that many of us will find great consolation and healing of deep wounds actual or past, by coming before this Icon as Jesus invited us to do if we want to be forgiven from our sins and have our fears taken away.
Sin offends God and our neighbour. Some grave sins can lead to separation from God. Among them are sins like the refusal to believe in Jesus or obstinacy in committing a grave sin like addiction to pornography with no intention to repent. Yet, in His infinite mercy, our heavenly Father gives us the sacrament of Reconciliation instituted by Jesus himself on Easter Sunday, as a means to have our soul cleansed after we commit sin.
“Peace be with you. As the father sent me, even so I send you….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.” (John 20,23) There is hope for those who goes to confession regularly.
Saint John Paul II was so deeply moved by the revelations of Jesus to St Faustina that heinstituted the Divine Mercy Sunday after Easter Sunday. He obeyed the request that Jesus gave her:
“I desire that this image be displayed in public on the 1st Sunday of Easter. That Sunday is the Feast of Mercy. Through the Word Incarnate I make known the bottomless depth of my mercy.” (Diary #88) Jesus revealed that “Whoever approaches the Fount of Life that day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment. Mankind will not find peace until it turns with trust to my mercy. Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God.” (# 300-301)
St Faustina heard from Jesus: “Tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open (…) The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.” (#699)
Thank you heavenly Father…