Today is the Divine Mercy Sunday. During the time of Jesus’ revelations to Sister Mary Faustina on the Divine Mercy, He asked that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and let it be celebrated on the Octave of Easter (the Sunday after Easter Sunday). It was recorded on Sister Faustina’s diary.
As I was listening to the homily this morning, I remembered the times when I was still in grade school and high school, we used to pray the 3 o’clock habit:
THE 3 O’CLOCK PRAYER
You died, Jesus, but the source of life flowed out for souls
and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.
O Fountain of Life, immeasurable Divine Mercy, cover the
whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
O Blood and Water which flowed out from the heart of
Jesus as a Fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You.
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have
Mercy on us and on the whole world, (3x) Amen
Jesus, King of Mercy, we trust in You.
Back then, I didn’t know the significance of this prayer, no one explained to us why we have to pause at a certain time and pray. But to my surprise, I’ve learned that this prayer is a very powerful one.
At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. I will allow you to enter into My mortal sorrow. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.. (Sister Faustina’s Diary, IV, 1320)
I also want to share the ABC’s of Mercy:
A — Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.
B — Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.
C — Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.
Divine Mercy is just one of Jesus’ ways of showing how great His love is. He is very willing to forgive and accept us, we just have to trust in His undying love. 🙂