Can you imagine standing around the empty tomb, wondering what the heck was going on?
Where was He?
Where’s the Body?
What have they done with Him?
Who did this?
Can you imagine seeing a man who you thought was dead rise again?
Without being melodramatic, without overstating, in no way comparing the two situations…
I can answer “yes!” An emphatic YES!
When Dad was ill in 2014, nobody — and I mean nobody — on his medical team offered us even a glimmer of hope.
In fact, I couldn’t even trick them into uttering the word.
I also think that more than one of them left the room crying, on the verge of tears, or red-eyed.
It was somber. It was awful.
Dad’s still alive. Two years later. Five times by my count, I thought we lost him. Five times.
He beat the odds. He defied the doctors. He cheated death.
He had to learn to talk again (no, it wasn’t a stroke). He had to learn to swallow again (not kidding). He had to learn to take a sip again. He had to learn to eat, to sit up, to stand for more than a second…
On and on and on…
Today, he and Mom will be at our house to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.
I have witnessed miracles. First-hand.
And Jesus, demonstrating the greatest miracle ever on the greatest day of the year, really… truly rose from the dead. It transformed His disciples. It transformed a people. It transformed the world.
Today is the third day of the Divine Mercy Novena. Today, Jesus asks us to pray for all the devout and faithful souls that helped Him complete the painful walk to Calvary.
So that He could rise from the dead.
After visiting Hell.
To save us all. Even the greatest sinner. Even if you don’t believe.
Jesus said to Saint Faustina
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.
And we pray:
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 wondrous 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.
Follow this short novena prayer by praying The Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Please click this link, http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/chaplet.php, to visit the website of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for resources on how to pray The Chaplet.
Novena paragraphs excerpted from
“The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, ‘Divine Mercy in My Soul'”
© Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.
The Divine Mercy Image, displayed outside The Chapel of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Marytown, Libertyville, Illinois, when it was on display, August 2014.
Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read and listen to my thoughts. My commitment during Lent 2016 and continuing through Divine Mercy Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, is to post a daily video reflection to help you and me on our walk through the season and toward Easter Sunday, and finally to the Feast of Mercy. Click here for my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/davekwiecinski
I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.