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Motjari meeting, Apr 24th, 

 

Sunday of Divine Mercy, devotion came out of Poland. It is a novena, created by medidation of a sister, St. Faustina.

 

In the Diary of St. Faustina, Jesus asked that the Feast of Divine Mercy, known today as Divine Mercy Sunday, be preceded by a Novena to The Divine Mercy. A Novena is nine days of prayer in preparation for a feast. In the case of the Novena to The Divine Mercy, we pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy each day for a specific intention.

Our Lord told St. Faustina, "I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw ... strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death" (Diary, 1209).

The Chaplet can be said anytime, but the Lord specifically asked that it be recited as a novena. He promised, "By this Novena (of Chaplets), I will grant every possible grace to souls."

For each of the nine days, our Lord gave Saint Faustina a different intention:

All mankind, especially sinners; the souls of priests and religious; all devout and faithful souls; those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Jesus; the souls who have separated themselves from the Church; the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children; the souls who especially venerate and glorify His mercy; the souls detained in purgatory; and souls who have become lukewarm. 

 

 

When Peter and John arrived the tomb early Sunday morning, they found the tomb was empty, and the cloth that used to wrap Jesus before he was buried.

 

The Shroud of Turin, also known as the Holy Shroud is a length of linen cloth bearing the negative image of a man. The image is depicting Jesus of Nazareth and it is believed the fabric is the burial shroud in which he was wrapped after crucifixion.

 

Today’s gospel by St. John is his description later that Sunday.

 

Gospel

Jn 20:19-31

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

 

Jews’ main rest day is Saturday. God started creating whole universe on Sunday, so Sunday becomes the first day of week. John’s gospel for today starts on the Easter Sunday, but story goes on the Sunday one week after. The disciples were afraid of Jews from Judaea, so they locked the door on the 2nd Easter Sunday. Jesus suddenly showed up and said “Peace be with you”. That’s the greetings of that time. Hebrew word Shalom means “Peace be with you”.  

 

Peace that Jesus gave you is important thing that he WANTED to give. Then he breathe in them, saying “Receive the Holy Sprit”. The Holy Sprit comes in the form of breath. He’s giving them sacrament. He can’t wait for them to go to Galilee, so he came to them. All disciples ran away from Jesus when he crucified, except John, and even Peter denied him three times. Jesus wanted to make sure that they were forgiven even though they were not there. He gave them sacrament of reconciliation. 

 

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

We are all like Thomas, because we believe because of all the apostles.

 

Book of Revelation, the very last book of the Bible by St. John

 

Reading II

Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19

I, John, your brother, who share with you
the distress, the kingdom, and the endurance we have in Jesus,
found myself on the island called Patmos
because I proclaimed God’s word and gave testimony to Jesus.
I was caught up in spirit on the Lord’s day
and heard behind me a voice as loud as a trumpet, which said,
“Write on a scroll what you see.”
Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me,
and when I turned, I saw seven gold lampstands
and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man,
wearing an ankle-length robe, with a gold sash around his chest.

When I caught sight of him, I fell down at his feet as though dead.
He touched me with his right hand and said, “Do not be afraid.
I am the first and the last, the one who lives.
Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever.
I hold the keys to death and the netherworld.
Write down, therefore, what you have seen,
and what is happening, and what will happen afterwards.”

 

Lord’s day is Sunday.

Jesus has messages all the 7 churches.

John, when he sees the Lord in his holy garment, glorified. This is long after resurrection. John fell down on his knees as though he was dead. He was terrified. Jesus touched him with his right hand, says, “Do not be afraid.
I am the first and the last, the one who lives.
Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever.
I hold the keys to death and the netherworld.
Write down, therefore, what you have seen,
and what is happening, and what will happen afterwards.”

 

The God not only can forgive our sins, but also God wants to forgive our sins.

Sister Faustina compares Divine mercy to a vast sea. Our trust to God is a ladle, scooping up God’s mercy. The bigger the ladle is, the more you can scoop up His mercy.

 

Always have a reason for the hope we have. What would it be the number #1 reason for the hope?

Peter “We all have to have a reason for the hope we have.”

 

“I have overcome death, I have risen..”

 

Jesus’s resurrection is our hope. He rose from the dead.

 

Holy spirit=Breath of God

 

Pope Gregory to Great commenting on Thomas.: It was not an accident that Thomas was not present. “Dearly beloved, what do you see in these events? Do you really believe that it was by chance that this chosen disciple was absent, then came and heard, heard and doubted, doubted and touched, touched and believed? It was not by chance but in God’s providence. In a marvelous way God’s mercy arranged that the disbelieving disciple, in touching the wounds of his master’s body, should heal our wounds of disbelief. The disbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples. As he touches Christ and is won over to belief, every doubt is cast aside and our faith is strengthened. So the disciple who doubted, then felt Christ’s wounds, becomes a witness to the reality of the resurrection”

 

Thomas, did he actually touch Jesus or he just felt the grace of Jesus and fell?

 

Tribunal and confessional are always given mercy.