Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy) – 2017
We are now in Eastertide, which is the liturgical period from Easter Resurrection to the Pentecost, when our Lord fulfilled the promise he made to his Apostles that he would send the Holy Spirit (The Paraclete - who would teach them everything).
On this Second Sunday of Easter, Holy Mother Church, according to the Roman Missal of the Roman Catholic Church has the option to celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter or Sunday of Divine Mercy? Hence, I have chosen to celebrate the latter. When the account of Divine Mercy Sunday is told, there are a few messages and factors that always come to mind. Saint Sister Faustina, Saint Maximillian Kolbe and Saint Pope John Paul II – these three saints are from Poland, they were contemporaries and have great impact in our time. They, too, were known to many of the people of the world today, and some have met with them personally, while others heard and read about them while they were in this world.
Sister Faustina had a vision where she saw the image of our Lord Jesus Christ with his right hand raised in blessing, while the left hand was placed on his chest. Then appeared the two rays of light: one ray was white/blue, which signifies the generous outpouring of the Mercy of our Lord; while the other ray, which was red that signifies the sacrifice of the wounded heart of our Lord. The importance of this vision which Sister Faustina drew as was instructed by our Lord, actually represented the passion and resurrection of our Lord – Easter. So, when Saint Pope John Paul II canonized Sister Faustina and declared the Second Sunday of Easter the “The Sunday of Divine Mercy”, I believe he wanted us to keep in mind always our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. So, the Divine Mercy’s 3:00PM Prayer/Rosary captures the moment our Lord expires on the Cross of the Calvary. This was the hour of immense divine Love.
May we continue to find God’s Mercy always at the moments of our trials, desolations and temptations, in our daily lives, Amen! In Christ, Father Uche Obikwelu