For those of you who don’t have kids, let me tell you it is WAY more fun to have the crazy ones. I LOVE MY KID. Holy smokes do I love him. I’m so glad he is crazy. I thank God for it every day. However, it can sometimes get him into a little trouble.
Have you ever walked in to the kitchen and seen your kid kneeling on top of the counter trying to get scissors to cut a picture out for his mom? Guess what, I have! Yeah, not cool 5 year old, not cool.
This past Sunday was Divine Mercy Sunday, and what a Divine Mercy Sunday it was! WE GOT TWO NEW SAINTS! One of those Saints was the man who declared the second Sunday of Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday! Wow. My family was at Mass and got to hear a rockin’ homily from Msgr. Dan Deutsch, Pastor of St. Bridget Parish in Rockford, IL, and I learned something new about Divine Mercy.
Have you ever sinned? Yeah,me too. Sucks, huh? God’s my loving Father but to be honest, I’ve always thought of being removed from God when I sin. I don’t think He is leaving me, but I kind of imagine Him off at a distance, watching and shaking His head thinking, ‘What am I going to do with you?’. Msgr. Dan told us that God’s Divine Mercy is so great that even when we fail to love Him by choosing to sin, even though we remove ourselves from His love, that doesn’t mean that He fails to be with us!
Think of this: when I walk into the kitchen and discover my son breaking all the rules and trying to crawl around and get scissors I do not stand back and think, ‘what am I going to do with you?’. I run over and save him from himself.
Does he know that he isn’t supposed to be on the counter? Yes.
Does he know that he isn’t supposed to play with scissors? Yes.
Does he know that he is disobeying the rules? Yes.
Does that mean that I just stand back and watch when he breaks all those rules? Ummm…..NO.
Just like I wouldn’t leave my son to hurt himself even when he is breaking all the rules, because of God’s Divine Mercy, He doesn’t leave us either! Praise God! Alleluia! He is there, protecting us from ourselves and sometimes protecting others from us! I don’t know about you, but I need that.
I encourage you to thank God for never leaving us this Easter, and maybe look to learn a little bit about Divine Mercy. We all need it. God bless you all.
Executive Director of Arise