“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting. Let the house of Israel say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’” (Psalm 118:2-4)
Today is the Octave day of Easter and John Paul II deemed that it be called Divine Mercy Sunday. When I think of Jesus’ mercy and forgiveness, I am drawn to an icon which I wrote (painted) a couple years ago. It is of Mary holding Jesus, cheek to cheek, both looking outward toward us with the face of Divine Mercy. I titled it ‘Mother of Tenderness.’
During my time of adoration each day, I pray before it, holding in loving mercy those with whom I am having the most difficulty in my present relationships. Divine Mercy flowing from the Sacred Heart softens my heart to have compassion and forgiveness toward that person.
I believe that trusting in Jesus’ endless mercy and forgiveness and passing it on to others is the core meaning underneath the Image of The Divine Mercy St. Faustina saw. When I connect my heart with the Heart of the Divine One and with someone in my present life that I experience as difficult to love, eventually I become graced with tenderness toward that person with whom I am journeying.
Sr. Ruth Geraets
Acts 5:12-16 ● Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 ● Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 ● John 20:19-31