Celebrating the Divine Mercy Sunday is a wonderful occasion for us to experience the superabundant mercy of God which is for all His people, especially for those cut off from His love through sin.
Jesus, because of His great love and mercy, became man and through His suffering, death and resurrection conquered sin and death for us and made us sharers in His victory. Divine Mercy Sunday, the Octave Day of Easter, brings us the fullness of Christ’s resurrection, pointing back to the first day of our celebration on Easter Sunday. It was Jesus’ desire that the Feast be celebrated on the Octave Day of Easter, Sunday after Easter.
Pope St John Paul II, the “Mercy Pope”, wrote a powerful encyclical on Divine Mercy entitled “Rich in Mercy” and has spoken on many occasions on this theme. He himself celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday in 1995, the year he gave official approval for the celebration of it in Poland. Later on he named the Second Sunday of Easter as the Divine Mercy Sunday at the canonization of Sr Maria Faustina on 30 April 2000. John Paul II described Mercy Sunday thus: “In a special way, it is the Sunday of thanksgiving for all the goodness that God has shown us in the whole of Easter Mystery.” The Holy Father not only spoke in his speeches and writings about the need to live mercy, but also has shown it in his own life when he forgave his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca. The Pope met him in his prison cell and held the hand that had held the gun whose bullet tore into the Pope’s body. He embraced his enemy and pardoned him. This is an example of God’s divine