Sunday, May 1, 2011

Praise the Lord for His Mercy and Love

This weekend since Friday has been a wonderful and blessed week not only to me but also to the rest of the world.
The whole world witnessed the sacred exchange of vows between Prince William and now Duchess of Cambridge.
The solemn ceremony professed to the whole world the beauty and santification of marriage that God has given to mankind.
Till death do us part..where most people has deemed the vows to be light when in fact those words built a covenant to God.
What an amazing reminder of marriage as one of God's greatest gift to us.

Today we celebrate God's Divine Mercy.
It is His mercy and love that we are saved.
If you ponder on the passion of Christ, you will see that His mercy for us is so great.
If you go back to the Gospels, you will remember that all the disciples left Jesus except for John at the foot of the Cross. They were terrified and they stay hidden from the Jews after that.
They should be standing up for their master but they did not.
Instead of deeming them as total failures, what did Jesus do?
He appeared to them and said,"Peace be with you"
And He assured Thomas to doubt no longer and embraced Peter who denied Him 3 times.
God still went back to them even after they turned their backs on Him.
What about you and I? How many times have we run away from Jesus?

God wants us come home to Him. No matter how much we sin, God still loves us.
Peace be with you He said. How can we have that peace if we do not go to Him?
Jesus said to Faustina Kowalska,
"My daughter, My pleasure and delight, nothing will stop Me from granting you graces.
Your misery does not hinder My mercy. My daughter, write that the greater the misery of a soul,
The greater it's 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!
That is how great the mercy of the Lord is.

What are you waiting for?
Come back to Him
Reconcile with God
Confess your sins
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is waiting for us.
The Lord himself gave authority to the disciples in the Gospel John.

'As the Father sent me,
So am I sending you."

After saying this, He breathed on them and said:
"Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive,
They are forgiven;
For those whose sins you retain,
They are retained."

Till today, the sacrament of reconciliation is a gift
A gift of His mercy and for us to proclaim His mercy.

Another beautiful event that took place today is the beatification of Pope John Paul II.
I am blessed to have the chance to follow it on EWTN.
It is not so much about him but about who he portrayed and reflected during his life.
His very life radiated Christ.
Today he is chosen as a role model for us.
All God's apostles and disciples are commanded to preach and be a living witness for God.
Blessed Pope John Paul II indeed was one inspiring man that we could learn from especially in this century where people need to be reminded of Godly values.
What inspires me most was how he stood up and fought against abortion, euthanasia and the rights of the oppressed especially the women and children when the whole world are against these values. He always encouraged the youth to lead holy lives.

The words he said a long time ago that moved me till today were,
"Do not be afraid.Open wide the doors to Christ".
Many of us are plagued with fears but we should not allow that to happen.
Jesus is with us. There is no need to fear.

What I find most beautiful whilst watching and following the celebration on tv,
I saw what seemed like over a million crowd and I felt like we are all a big family and I am part of the celebration although I speak a different language and I am not even there.
It is not so much celebrating him but celebrating God's grace and mercy and love shining through this man and this has brought all of us together united in prayers and united in Jesus today.
It is an amazing feeling knowing that you are united with a big family all around the world.
Our King owns this whole universe therefore everywhere is our home.
The beauty of the church.
It is such a happy feeling!
I cannot describe for it is a mystery but I thank God for bringing us all together to Him.
Wherever you are, if you're lonely but you believe in Jesus,
Know that you're not alone.
You have me, you have us and you have the church, our family.
And you have Jesus.
We're all one big family!
Praise be to God for being so merciful to us and for loving us so much and thank God for constantly reminding us that He is here on earth especially showing us His love through his instruments like Blessed Pope John Paul II.
Praise be to God that through people like Heidi Baker, Scott Hahn, the late Mother Teresa, Stormie Omartion, James Dobson and the list goes on, we know that God is truly very much alive and if they can be saints and lead holy lives, we can as well!
Glory to God in the highest!
Praise be His mercy and love!

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