March 11, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

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“Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God. All the works of My hands are crowned with mercy.” (Given by Jesus to St. Faustina.) O sweet mercy of Jesus! How would we have hope without You treating us better than we deserve?!

Today’s readings invite us to receive God’s immeasurable mercy. All three readings remind us that we don’t have to wait until we’re ‘perfect’ – His arms are open wide, waiting, longing for the sinner. O happy day! God is faithful even when we are not. Sin held God’s people captive in Babylon, yet our merciful God raised up Cyrus, King of Persia, to build a house for God that all might come to Him to receive forgiving mercy.

St. Paul invites us to God’s saving merciful grace that is pure gift, not earned. We don’t earn God’s mercy – Jesus died “while we were still sinners” because we have a God who is so rich in mercy and bountiful love. Praise Jesus who came NOT “to condemn but to save.” If we could just believe that! Too many miss out on mercy because we think we don’t deserve it. And we don’t deserve it, yet God continues to beckon us to receive it freely.

Why say ‘yes‘ to free mercy? Because Jesus is merciful love and all who believe in merciful love receive light in the darkness of this earthly life and glorious eternal life.

As we begin another week of Lent, let our prayer, fasting and almsgiving be offered for every soul, especially those most in need, to receive unfailing mercy. Jesus, we trust in You and Your words to St. Faustina: “The greater the misery of a soul, the greater its’ right to My mercy. Urge all souls to trust in the unfathomable abyss of My mercy, because I want to save them all. On the Cross, the fountain of my mercy was opened wide by the lance for all souls – no one have I excluded.”

“…call upon My mercy on behalf of sinners, I desire their salvation. When you say this prayer with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him grace of conversion. This is the prayer: O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You.” Thank you Jesus. Amen.

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