Would you allow yourself to be beaten and tortured for a friend? A member of your family? Your child?
How ’bout your enemy?
Jesus accepted that for all of us.
His Father, who abandoned His son to the cruelty of the chosen people, the Romans, the torturers, the cross, the insults and taunts of the massive crowds, gives glory to his Divine Son on Easter morning. Jesus rises from the dead.
We can disagree on what happened. And I’m not going to get all theological on you here. We’ll save that for another time.
What’s inarguable is the impact Jesus Christ of Nazareth has had on human history.
And more than one billion people believe that He is the Son of God.
The testimony of the Scriptures is the most studied work in the history of mankind. Scholars have pored over the words, the beliefs, the claims.
One of the most modern claims of the reality of the presence of Jesus in our everyday lives is the testimony of Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska, a simple, uneducated Polish nun, who lived from 1905-1938. Her descriptions of the visions she saw and the words of Jesus have been studied, verified to Catholic doctrine that she could have had no way of knowing, and accepted as words received directly from our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Her most famous testimony takes the form of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
The Sunday after Easter, or The Second Sunday of Easter, is also referred to as the Sunday of Divine Mercy.
Jesus instructed Faustina that the Sunday of Divine Mercy be preceded by a nine-day Novena of Divine Mercy. The Novena began on Good Friday (see the link). Every day, we are to pray for a different group of souls who require God’s Divine Mercy, saving the most difficult group to pray for until last. According to Sister Faustina’s Diary, Jesus told her:
“On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy … On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls.”
Today is Day Three of the Novena, when we are to pray for all devout and faithful souls.
“Today bring to Me ALL DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL SOULS, and immerse then in the ocean of My mercy. The souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness.”
Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wonderous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.
Happy and blessed Easter.