Today’s readings are about God’s mercy, the necessity for trusting in faith and the need for God’s forgiveness of sins. God revealed his mercy, first and foremost, by sending his only-begotten Son to become our Savior and Lord by his suffering, death and resurrection. Divine mercy is given to us also in each celebration of the sacraments.
One way the Church celebrates God’s mercy throughout the year is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Finding time for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is another good way to receive and give thanks for Divine Mercy. It is mainly through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy that we practice mercy in our daily lives and become eligible for God’s merciful judgment. Faith, culminating in self-surrender to God, leads us to the service of our fellow human beings.
Living faith enables us to see the risen Lord in everyone and gives us the willingness to render to each one our loving service. The spiritual Fathers prescribe the following traditional means to grow in the living and dynamic faith. First, we must come to know Jesus personally and intimately by the daily and meditative reading of the Bible. Next, we must strengthen our faith through personal and community prayer. Third, we must share in the divine life of Jesus by frequently receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. Mother Teresa presents it this way:
“If we pray, we will believe; if we believe, we will love; if we love, we will serve. Only then we put our love of God into action.”