Divine Mercy & Transformation
Remember Brave Sir Robin?
Bravely bold Sir Robin
Rode forth from Camelot.
He was not afraid to die,
Oh brave Sir Robin.
He was not at all afraid
To be killed in nasty ways.
Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin.
He was not in the least bit scared
To be mashed into a pulp.
Or to have his eyes gouged out,
And his elbows broken.
To have his kneecaps split
And his body burned away,
And his limbs all hacked and mangled
Brave Sir Robin.
…. (And then, when his virtue was put to the test his minstrels instead, sang)
Brave Sir Robin ran away.
Bravely ran away away.
When danger reared its ugly head,
He bravely turned his tail and fled.
Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about
And gallantly he chickened out.
Swiftly taking to his feet,
He beat a very brave retreat.
Bravest of the brave, Sir Robin!
Perhaps, sadly, that song came to mind when I thought about Jesus’ disciples and their conduct over Easter! Top dog Peter denies Jesus three times, Judas sells him out, and the others flee. In today’s Gospel, we hear they are all hiding out together in fear of the Jews.
- If you want proof of the Resurrection, you just need to think about the transformation these guys underwent.
Number one, they were feeling guilty as hell. What happened is that they were the first to experience God’s forgiveness streaming from the Cross. Jesus offers them peace, forgiveness, and an out-of-this-world experience that empowers them to overcome their greatest fears to be able to conquer the world for Christ. Easter is about transformation and empowerment. There is no other way to account for the difference in their behaviour.
One moment they are cowering, and likely feeling guilt and a whole array of negative emotions. The next, they had overcome their guilt, and were utterly different: bold and fearless.
The transformation they experienced could only have been that of complete inner-renewal, through the encounter with the God of mercy. This is what we are celebrating today.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
There is an infinite abyss between the All Holy God and us—creatures, wounded, broken people, sinners. Divine Mercy refers to God overlooking this abyss—our guilt and unworthiness of his love, and yet still calling us to share in his life. That cost God the life of his own Son. It doesn’t make sense. What God has done is unfathomable. There is no motive for this other than love.
It doesn’t matter to what extent we have fallen into sin. Relative to the Holiness of God not one of us is just, not one of us is worthy ... except Jesus whom we crucified. And Jesus, having suffered everything for us—his heart only finds relief when we turn to receive his love; to receive forgives and grace and to be reconciled with our heavenly Father. Trust in that divine love.
Easter is about transformation and empowerment. God’s tenderness is infinite; God’s mercy and goodness is unfathomable. Jesus doesn’t weigh up our worthiness, but simply gives to those who are willing to receive. God’s mercy is unfathomable: The more we trust, the more we receive.
On today’s feast of Divine Mercy God desires to pour out his love upon us through his Son. It doesn’t matter how unworthy we are, or how guilty we feel. Easter is about forgives, transformation, and empowerment. The more we trust in God’s love for us, the more we receive from our doting heavenly Father. Thanks be to God. Amen.