Feast celebrates His divine mercy



How incredible that this Masters Sunday in Augusta also is a very special feast in the Catholic church liturgical calendar. It is called Divine Mercy Sunday, celebrated the Sunday after Easter Sunday, and declared a feast of the church by Pope John Paul II in 2000.

So this Masters Sunday can be one in which Catholics will go to Sunday Holy Mass in all the Catholic churches in Augusta, and Catholics in town will celebrate the great, wonderful fact that divine mercy is an Easter attribute by Jesus Christ to foster within us forgiveness, mercy, holiness and faithfulness to our calling to be His witnesses of resurrection for His glory.

This Masters Sunday just so happens to fall on a day in which 1 billion Catholics come to Holy Eucharist seeking to have that same divine love poured into their hearts, minds and souls for their own sanctification and the salvation of all souls in the world by the love of Jesus Christ.

This very Masters Sunday reminds all Christians everywhere that God's love and plan for us includes our asking for forgiveness for the times we have failed to live up to God's laws of truthfulness, holiness, virtue and integrity within our family life and spiritual life.

This Masters Sunday is all about Jesus Christ coming to us in worship of His presence; His coming to us mercifully and lovingly to free us from sin and death; to give us the promise of eternal life in heaven; and for our immortal souls to be forever happy with Him.

This very Masters Sunday calls all Christians to be attentive to our Master's invitation to repent of all sinfulness and turn to Jesus for forgiveness as Jesus is truly kind and merciful. We are to take stock of how we live in this passing world so that we can set our souls and hearts focused on the world that will never end in heaven when God calls us to Himself when we die.

Thanks be to Masters Sunday to help us all remember that the true meaning of Easter is about a Jesus -- who suffered the cruelty of the cross at Calvary for our salvation; and who was buried but on the third day rose to new life in his risen body to prepare a place of eternal happiness with Him so we might have the promise to live love in His Kingdom that has no end.

As we do celebrate Masters Sunday in Augusta, let us never forget our divine mercy calling from God to be merciful and forgiving and full of love for others at all times, as this is the true meaning of Easter all the time when Christ is our risen Lord to bring us His redemption.

(The writer is parochial vicar at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta.)