Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, you can say it and sing it as many times as you want for the Lord is truly Risen!!! And we get to celebrate the season for 50 days! Notice we get ten more days than Lent to celebrate. I pray that you all had a blessed Easter.
This Sunday is Mercy Sunday, instituted by Pope John Paul II in 2000. Reading, I found this quote:
“Jesus gives us a key: go to the Fountain of Mercy.”
During Lent, our parishioners were reflecting on how Jesus is the key. I like this quote because it states that He gives us the key. There are so many graces and blessings that we could receive from the Lord if we only ask in trust. His mercy is boundless, but we need to believe that. How do we unlock those graces that dwell within us? Jesus has a key for each of us, we only need to ask!
In thinking about how I would go about being more merciful and appreciating the Mercy of God, I remembered a story a friend once told me. It goes something like this:
One day on the way to the airport, a cab driver was rudely cut off by a big truck. The other driver screamed at the cabbie while the cab driver just smiled and gave a friendly wave.
The passenger was amazed; “He almost killed us and ruined your cab. How can you be so friendly?”
“Well, you see,” said the cab driver, “Most people are like garbage trucks. They continue to fill the truck with the garbage of anger, frustration, and disappointment, until it can’t hold any more, and then they dump their garbage. Lots of times, it can be on you. Don’t take it personally, just wave, wish them well, and pray for them. Make sure not to bring the garbage home or to work, or to dump on your friends. The trick is to not let garbage trucks take over your day. Life is too short. Love and enjoy those who love you, and pray for those who don’t.”
There is a lot to unpack there, but I have a hunch that if I take the cab drivers theory seriously, I can start to be my best ‘merciful’ self, using the Key that Jesus gives me.
May this Mercy Sunday help to fill your Easter Season with mercy, peace and joy.
Till next week,