Sunday, April 7, 2013

Reflection given at the Divine Mercy Service on 4/7/2013

 

Brothers and sisters, it is good that we are here in the presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament taking this time to meditate upon the mercy of God.

Just because its Easter, doesn’t mean we stop focusing on sin because sin still isn’t prevalent in our lives. Most of us are faced and struggle with our sins each single day. Truth is sin weighs us down. Sin discourages us. For many of us our sins are the crosses we carry through life that despite our openness to God’s mercy and that desire not to fall into that sin again, we because of our human nature fall back into them. Don’t let sin discourage you! God never tires of offering us His mercy which is something Pope Francis has been stressing since His election.

Perhaps there is something you are constantly struggling with it, place it before His feet today. In a few moments I will walk back into the confessional allowing you my brothers and sisters to experience first hand the abundant mercy of God. However, before you walk back I want you to look for a moment at our Eucharistic Lord. Brothers and sisters, this is Jesus Christ, who humbly presents Himself to us on this very altar. All yourselves to model that humility, bring those bottled up sins to light and when your ready walk back to that open door that awaits you (of course it might be closed because someone is in the confessional but wait for them to open the door). Take advantage of this opportunity, for God wants us to experience His mercy.

It is important for us to focus on our weaknesses because when we openly confess and face our sins, it is then we experience a resurrection. There is that feeling of relief that a burden has been lifted from our shoulders. Now if we are not experiencing that feeling then we must ask ourselves honestly if we are approaching the sacrament in the right way. When I myself approach the sacrament of reconciliation I do so like most people with a hint of nervousness. That nervousness isn’t a bad thing; in fact it’s a sign of humility and strength for it signifies our awareness of our flaws. Release those things that are bottling you up inside and I promise each of you when you do as you leave the confessional you will experience a feeling of peace and relief that perhaps you haven’t felt in years.

Now as I invited each of you to experience God’s mercy this afternoon in this year of faith I ask and challenge each of you to extend His mercy. Be merciful to those who are in most need of God’s mercy. Perhaps there is someone you are struggling to forgive then ask God to help you forgive. Maybe you know someone who is burdened and weighed down with different things, see if there is anything you can do to help. Be instruments brothers and sisters of God’s mercy. Yes it might be challenging and difficult for us to do some of these things right now in our lives, but with the help of God all things are possible. Open your hearts to the abundant love and mercy of God and share this gift the Lord desires to give you this afternoon with all those you meet. God bless!!!