Day 113 – April 23

Today’s Readings:

1 Samuel 3-4
Luke 17:20-37
Psalm 113

For just as lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be [in his day]. But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation. Luke 17:24-25

How appropriate on this Sunday when we celebrate the Divine Mercy that our Gospel points to the end times. Jesus speaks that we are not to follow after people who claim they messiah has come, for He will come “just as lightening flashes and lights up the sky…”

In her diary, Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska writes what was dictated to her by Jesus:

Write this: Before I come as the just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort:

All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day (Diary, 83).

The Divine Mercy message is much like the message of Fatima, a call to repentance and putting all of our faith in Jesus. Today we celebrate God’s mercy, a reminder that when we turn to God with contrite hearts, he wills to forgive us our deepest transgressions. It is a call to stay close to the sacraments of Penance/Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist.

Let us remember God’s mercy today in a special way, and turn back to Him with all our heart and knock on the doors of Mercy. The Lord Jesus waits for us to come.

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Pray the chaplet today.

To know more about the Divine Mercy, here are some links to further your exploration of faith:

Divine Mercy and the Second Coming – EWTN
How to Celebrate this Feast of Mercy – EWTN

May God bless you.



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