When we think of Divine Mercy, we think of God’s loving devotion to us and His compassionate forgiveness of our sins. God’s mercy extends to all of our needs because “God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” [John 3:16].
In His mercy we see God’s devotion and compassion through the words and deeds of His Son Jesus Christ. By embracing the sick, the downtrodden, and the sinful, Christ shows us that no one is left by the wayside in neglect. Given that God entered the world to become one with us to love and serve us, all for the sake of our salvation, how do we show our devotion to God in return?
Spiritual Works of Mercy
Christ teaches us that each time we reach out to help one another we bring love, compassion, and healing—we bring mercy—into our world. “Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently” [CCC 2447]. Such works tend to spread in ways that we see and in ways that we do not see. Either way, we are sharing in the work of our Lord.
God knows we have much work to do to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Unfortunately, in the busyness of our lives with our personal needs and wants, our devotion tends to get pushed aside. Should we ever falter, let us turn to Mary our Blessed Mother. Mary’s entire existence was and is a spiritual work of mercy as she is forever united with her Son in His work of our redemption.
Our Lord gives us Mary to be our intercessor, consoler, and comforter to guide us in our daily living. We see Mary’s patience and forgiveness when she opened her heart at the foot of her Son’s cross to become mother to us all. Our Blessed Mother helps us to avoid sin and unite with Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit to become brothers and sisters in Christ.
Our Life’s Purpose
With our hearts open to Christ, our entire life serves the purpose of bringing our world closer to God. Every act of charity that we do, especially for the least of our brothers and sisters, we do for our Lord. Remember, the fruits of charity are joy, peace, and mercy [CCC 1829]. Therefore, as our Lord took on our suffering and gave Himself in His entirety to each of us, let us pray during this Easter Season to give ourselves entirely to our Lord.
Remember Christ does not show us His wounds from the cross to frighten us. He shows us to draw us closer to Him and to teach us that when we unite with Him even in our suffering, we devote ourselves to God and His children. Therefore, through our works of charity in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, may we become agents of God’s mercy, bringing peace and joy to our world.