Sunday, April 15, 2012

Apostles Of Divine Mercy


...but I trust in the LORD. I will rejoice and be glad for thy steadfast love... 
~Psalm 31:6~7

St Faustina, through whom and to whom Our Lord revealed His Divine Mercy, is often referred to as the Apostle of Divine Mercy. As the term Apostle implies, she was sent by Jesus on a mission to spread devotion to God in His greatest attribute which is mercy.
Today's feast is one of trust; Jesus gave St Faustina and us the Divine Mercy prayer, "Jesus, I trust in You." It is also a feast of mission for like Faustina, we too  are called by Jesus to be Apostles of His mercy. It is in trusting Him with childlike faith that we can respond to that mission.
In these days of the Easter season, we read from the Acts of the Apostles. We see and hear how the Apostles bore witness to Christ's Resurrection. In doing this they brought more souls to Christ. Jesus is asking the same from us. We who have been shown His mercy are called to give it away to those who are still in need of it.
Maybe this is why Jesus told Mary Magdalene: "Do not hold on to Me" on that first Easter morning. He gave her a mission~ to go and tell the Apostles that she had seen the risen Lord.
Do not hold on to Me; do not hold on to what you have seen or to the gifts you have been given, but go and tell others and share what you have been given.
The gifts God gives us He does not give for ourselves alone. It is all meant to be shared. Like those first Christians who did not keep what they had for themselves, but instead brought all they had and laid it at the feet of the Apostles to be distributed as needed (see Acts 4:32~35), we are asked by Our Lord to lay all we have at His feet so that others may benefit as needed. We do this whenever we practice the corporal and spiritual acts of mercy.
Today's feast of Divine Mercy teaches us to trust in Jesus and it also teaches us how to love our neighbor by sharing all we have been given by our loving and merciful God.

3 comments:

Colleen said...

Great post. I like that- feast of mission. Hugs and blessings.

mary333 said...

Yes! It IS a feast of mission! I love this post, Karin - every single word of it. Like Jesus pours himself out for us, our gifts are meant to be poured out on others. And when we are drained He refills us :)

Thank you so very much for praying for the person I mentioned in my post. It's a woman and she needs prayers desperately.

As for whether she'll read my words? You know how God works, everything lines up.

I'll send you an e-mail this week. God bless :)

Karinann said...

Thanks Colleen and Mary. Glad this post spoke to both of you.St Faustina responded to Christ's call to spreading His mercy and so should we.
Blessings to both of you.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.