A couple days ago I was praying the rosary, the sorrowful mystery which focuses on Jesus Passion. It takes you through being with him in Gethsemane at the Garden. When he yielded to the Father to drink the bitter cup of suffering. The second mystery meditates on when he was before pilate then flogged. The third mystery was him receiving the crown of thorns which is the crown of scorn and contempt. The fourth mystery is Jesus carrying the cross to Calvary and the Fifth mystery is Jesus death on the cross.
Upon praying this rosary I was on the fourth mystery when I saw Jesus carrying his cross, completely beaten beyond recognition. Then seeing the image of him hovering over the whole world. Twisting his body on the cross because his heart was breaking and hurting. The cross was the sins of the whole world. Where every splinter of wood was for a sin committed and all three nails signified the indifference of people that continue to nail him there. Then finally unable to take it his heart burst gushing over the whole world in his unending mercy for us. Covering our shame and iniquity as he now call us to do the same, to pick up our cross and follow him. To show mercy to the indifference we receive from others and to accept whatever splinter he gives us trusting his mercy will sustain us.
Then I heard Jesus say “Tell them about my mercy”
There has been many things said concerning this pandemic and that its Gods judgment on the whole world but he says in scripture
John 3:17 -18 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned but whoever does not believe has already been condemned because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God
I looked up the footnote because it had an asterisk by condemn and it says
Condemn: the Greek root means both judgment and condemnation. Jesus purpose is to save, but his coming provokes judgment; some condemn themselves by turning from the light
We tend to think the greatest attribute of God is Love but Mercy and Love go hand in hand. In this hour the Lord desires his mercy to the worshiped his mercy to be known. His mercy comes from his great love for us because he gives us what we don’t deserve. the greater a souls misery or sin is the the extend of Gods mercy available for it. That means no one is without reach for Gods mercy. Only if we would entrust ourselves to his mercy. When we fall, when we fail, when even we feel lost trust in his Mercy that he won’t leave you there. His mercy was made available for that young roman soldier who pierced his side to ensure our savior was dead but when that water and blood gushed forth from his side spilling all over him he was immediately convicted and converted and saying Matthew 28:54
The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus feared greatly when they saw the earthquake and all that was happening and they said, “Truly, this was the Son of God!”
So when we pierce the heart of Jesus with our sin, with our offenses rather than receiving his judgment. When we humble ourselves before him his mercy is poured out all over us. In this generation and within the Church the Lords grace has been put on a pedestal and abused. So many use the Lords graces to do what they desire rather what they ought to do but when we look at Gods Mercy it calls us to look within ourselves. It causes us to see ourselves as we truly are before God our nothingness, the depths of our sin and misery and see how merciful God truly has been to us because we didn’t receive what we deserved.
Also in the passage about the 10 virgins awaiting there bridegroom however 5 fell asleep because he delayed, Jesus delays and has delayed because of his Mercy as the scripture 2 Peter 3:9 says that God is not slow concerning his promises as many would think but he patient with you not willing any to perish but all to come to repentance. Again he longs, waits for just one soul to respond and if that means delaying a year long, if it means allowing trials in order for his children to respond he does it all out of his Mercy.
He set an example and now call us to deny ourselves, to pick up our cross and follow him. To show mercy as we have been given mercy. To not give others what they deserve. Who have you not forgiven? Who are you not willing to let go? Who are you still harboring resentment and bitterness towards? Who are you still waiting on an apology for? Who has hurt you so deeply that it keeps replaying over and over again? Or Why are you not forgiven yourself? Why do you walk in regret of what you did or didn’t do? Why do you still walk in shame of what was done to you or what you allowed? Why do you hide in fear from the Lord as if he doesn’t already know? Why do you show mercy to others but not to yourself? Why are you still angry with God doesn’t he deserve your mercy when he has given you his? Run to the arms of your beloved Spouse and Savior who’s arms even in death was wide open saying “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” as he says to you today beloved you are forgiven run to my mercy, swim in the ocean of my mercy which is available for you.
Jesus says to St. Faustina “I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My merciful Heart”…then again told her “Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priest will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy.”
God bless you guys.