Gospel of Mark
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”. Mark 10 (42 –45)
While reading the scriptures during Holy Week, we see a lot of darkness. We see the dishonesty of the Sanhedrin. We see the violence and brutality of the Roman soldiers. We feel His suffering when He is scourged at the pillar and crowned with thorns. We feel sadness when He dies on His Cross.
Jesus gave us this gift at Pentecost when He told His Apostles, “'Receive the Holy Spirit. Those whose sins you forgive are forgiven”. He didn’t say they MIGHT be forgiven. He said your sins ARE forgiven.
No matter who you are, where you are and what you do, it is always good to have friends. In life, we all want to get on well with everyone, but that’s easier said than done! There are those who we find difficult and we tend to avoid.
In our modern world, many people are increasingly engaging in complaining, revolting and rioting. They seem to have no time to appreciate the simple and beautiful things in life for which they should be grateful for, and inspired by.
I have been a priest now for six years and I must say I am astonished at how many people I discover in my pastoral work that are afraid of God. Many go to church, pray, and take part in religious practice, not because they really believe in God, but because they fear that if there is a God, He may punish them, either in this life or the next. So their worship is not for love of God and all that He has given them, but because of fear and their faith is more like an insurance policy.
In his homily on 30th April 2000 John Paul II said, “by this act today, I pass on the message of Divine Mercy to the new millennium. I pass it on because I want people to know the better face of God, and that of his Divine Mercy, and through it, the better face of their brethren. .......”
The Feast of Mercy was first introduced to the church as a solemn feast day on Low Sunday in Lithuania and Poland in 1996, but was not formally recognised as a Feast Day until the Canonisation of St. Faustina in 2000 and Pope John Paul II inauguration of the first Sunday after Easter as the Feast of Mercy.
“Among the external manifestations of the Devotion to The Divine Mercy the Feast of Mercy occupies the first place”. The Lord Jesus made known His will (about this feast) already in the opening revelation concerning this devotion.
John Paul II said at the canonisation of St. Faustina “By this act today I pass on the message of Divine Mercy to the new millennium. I pass it on because I want people to know the better face of God, and that of his Divine Mercy, and through it, the better face of their brethren. ...."
The first revelation of Jesus in His message of Divine Mercy to St. Faustina on 22nd February 1931 was to say how much He desired mankind to avail of the infinite mercy of God on earth and this was why He was establishing the Feast of His Mercy.
John Paul II said at the canonisation of St. Faustina, "by this act today, I pass on the message of Divine Mercy to the new millennium. I pass it on because I want people to know the better face of God, and that of His Divine Mercy, and through it, the better face of their brethren.