Today is Holy Saturday, a day of silence, a day of waiting, and a day of trusting. This day we remember how Christ trusted in the promise of God, His Father, following His will into death on the Cross, then into the grave. We know we will celebrate His glorious Resurrection and the fulfillment of God's promise tomorrow, but today we are still waiting. We are still lying in the tomb with Jesus.
How important it is to trust God, and by doing so, He can lead us if we dare to follow Him. We have nailed our sins to the Cross with our Lord, and now we have laid them in His tomb. Yes, we do trust Him with our daily lives, but we must not forget to trust Him with our failures and sins as well.
During my faith journey, there have been times, I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I knew I needed to go, but it was a bit scary to tell my faults and failures "out loud" to a priest. I would wonder what he would think of me. I felt embarrassed and found ways to justify why my sins. Perhaps they were not as bad as I thought they were—So, why then even confess them? I'd think that I was a good person and a follower of Christ's teachings, so how bad could I really be? Well, after all, I was thirteen at the time.
This denial of sin does contain an element of pride, but I believe it has far more to do with a lack of trust. Somewhere deep inside, we feel as though we are unforgivable. Our faults and failings are so immense that we could never get to the bottom of them all, never mind know where even to start confessing them. We judge ourselves unworthy, and we hold ourselves away from the Sacrament of Forgiveness without stopping to think how Jesus might feel about all of this.
Friends, our Lord Jesus died a horrible death on the Cross to forgive ALL our sins, not just the ones we think are forgivable. His mercy is far greater than we think it is, far beyond our understanding. Because many people didn't understand this, Jesus gave His message of mercy to Saint Faustina, along with a most beautiful and powerful prayer, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to help us draw closer to Him again. In the year 2000, Saint Pope John Paul II established the first Sunday after Easter as the Feast of Divine Mercy to celebrate and implore God's mercy for the whole Church—together.
The Feast of Divine Mercy is a beautiful conclusion to the celebrations of Easter week. May I recommend that you take time today, as you rest with Christ, to reflect on how God's mercy and forgiveness have touched your life? Consider, too, the areas of your life where you need God's love and grace. On Divine Mercy Sunday, go to your parish and celebrate this great feast and participate with a joyful, thankful heart.
Question of the Day: Today, will you wait in prayer, quietly contemplating Jesus in the tomb and awaiting His glorious Resurrection?
Prayer: Lamb of God, sacrificed for our sins, we adore You. Amen.