The Blessed Mother, speaking in Medjugorje, is a lot kinder to the ‘shepherds’ of the Church than they are to her. But the Holy Spirit may not be so kind — in response to their mistreatment of God’s grace.
Identifying with the Lord includes reconciling with him, which admits the need of his mercy:
“I have opened My Heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach the sea of mercy with great trust.” Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska
Three O’Clock Prayer to the Divine Mercy
You expired, O Jesus,
but the source of life gushed forth for souls and the
ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.
O Fountain of Life,
unfathomable Divine Mercy,
envelope the whole world and empty Yourself out upon
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth
from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us,
I trust in You.
It’s good to pray the entire Chaplet of Divine Mercy
from Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday.
“I am the light of the world. He who follows me does not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
“Let us pray.
we share in the light of your glory
through your Son, the light of the world.
Make this new fire holy, and inflame us with new hope.
Purify our minds by this Easter celebration
and bring us one day to the feast of eternal light.
We ask this through Christ the Lord.”
Daily Roman Missal
“I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34), is progress from the old command: “love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Leviticus 12:31). We have to identify with the Lord to fulfill the command — a stumbling block for Jews and some Christians.
“And having taken bread, he gave thanks and broke and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is being for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same manner he also took the cup after the supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which shall be shed for you. ..but behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table.” Luke 22: 19-20
As bad as the bombing of the Coptic Churches in Egypt is, the accepted (by UCCB) reading of a shortened form of the Passion — omitting the Last Supper (“new” covenant) and much of the Passion — on Palm Sunday feels even worse.
“Happy are they who have kept the word with a generous heart, and yield a harvest through perseverance.” Luke 8:15
“I am the light of the world, says the Lord, the man who follows me will have the light of life.” Jn 8:12
After mockingly telling mass-goers at St.Patrick’s Cathedral to “open the brown books” (missalette) to page two” and follow along, the priest proceeded to omit a portion of John’s Gospel that recounts Jesus’ curing a blind man:
“Jesus heard they (the Jews) had driven him (the cured blind man) away, and when he found him he said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied ‘tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said, ‘You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.’ The man said, Lord, I believe,’ and worshipped him.” John 9: 1-41
The omitted sections were marked with red brackets in the missalette, suggesting widespread willingness to disregard these words of the Lord. Many Jews continue to deny the Lord, seeing but not seeing, which is difficult to reverse — with so many in the Church doing so as well.