Reflections On The Journey
|Posted on April 25, 2022 at 8:20 AM|
We are continuing in the Easter season, and yesterday we celebrated the Divine Mercy of God. This movement was started years ago by St. Faustina Kowalska when she received a vision of Jesus with rays of white and red mercy emanating from his heart and was told to spread this image throughout the world. Today, images of Divine Mercy, with the inscription “Jesus, I Trust in You” are everywhere, and the first Sunday after Easter is called Divine Mercy Sunday.
This devotion to Divine Mercy is one I am only recently starting to appreciate. It seems I am often travelling on that Sunday and cannot attend a Divine Mercy service. But when I do, I am moved by the greatness of these rays of hope which represent the blood and water poured out by Jesus on Good Friday as the Mercy of Salvation for our world.
Henri Nouwen, a wonderful Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian, talks about rays of hope. Although he doesn’t specifically mention Divine Mercy in these words that follow, to me they are appropriate: “The Easter season is a time of hope. There still is fear, there still is a painful awareness of sinfulness, but there also is light breaking through. Something new is happening, something that goes beyond the changing moods of our life. We can be joyful or sad, optimistic or pessimistic, tranquil or angry, but the solid stream of God’s presence moves deeper than the small waves of our minds and hearts. Easter brings the awareness that God is present even when his presence is not directly noticed. Easter brings the good news that, although things seem to get worse in the world, the Evil One has already been overcome. Easter allows us to affirm that although God seems very distant and although we remain preoccupied with many little things, our Lord walks with us on the road and keeps explaining the Scriptures to us. Thus there are many rays of hope casting their light on our way through life.”
Even when we are basking in the sunshine of Easter Sunday and the resurrection of Jesus, we can still feel sadness. Human life is filled with illnesses, setbacks and struggles.
My family is undergoing a struggle right now that has greatly dampened our Easter joy – my mother-in-law had a heart attack just a few days after Easter and is now in the hospital in rather poor shape. We have been notifying relatives and friends. My husband and sister-in-law are there with mom, working through paperwork and just being present for her, as there is the very real possibility that she will soon pass.
Despite the sadness I am feeling that the woman who has become a second mother to me is probably dying, I am encouraged that probably soon she will be welcomed into Jesus’ arms as a result of those beautiful rays of mercy. I can envision that ray of hope through the veil of my tears, and I am comforted. Jesus, I trust in you. I trust you know what’s best and that you have this situation under control.
I encourage you this week to think about the great mercy and love God has for you, too, and find some blessing in a bit of mercy that comes your way this week.
Have a blessed Monday!
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