Good Friday Homily – 2016

“O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus, as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You. (Diary, entry 84; cf. 309)
 
“Oh Sangre y Agua que brotaste del Santísimo Corazón de Jesús como fuente de misericordia para nosotros en ti confío.”
 
This is the year of mercy. Today we begin the novena of Divine Mercy. This prayer is part of the devotion of divine mercy taught by Jesus to St. Faustina.
 
In the writings of St. Faustina, the divine mercy is described using two images – a fountain and an ocean.
 
At school as a child there were water fountains where we could have a drink when we were thirsty. And as children we would dream about having different kinds of fountains – a chocolate milk, or root beer fountain. Wouldn’t it be great to drink all the chocolate milk you want and never run out. God’s mercy is a fountain. Sometimes we are discouraged because we fall into sin again and again. Yet God’s mercy is not on limited supply – it is a fountain that never runs out. La misericordia de Dios es como una fuente – nunca acaba, nunca se seca. Caemos frecuentemente en los mismos pecados. Sin embargo, Dios nunca cansa de perdonarnos. Su misericordia es sin limite.
 
Some will think but this young innocent priest – he has no idea what I’ve done. Perhaps you have done something truly terrible – been unfaithful to ones’ spouse, abused a child, had an abortion, putting another’s life in danger by driving drunk, abandoning someone in need, participated in any kind of sexual perversion. Yes – these are very great sins – but God’s mercy is greater. The second image St. Faustina uses for mercy is an ocean. Two thirds of the earth’s surface is covered in Ocean. The ocean is so great and so deep that we don’t know what’s at the bottom – we have explored only 5% of the ocean depths.
 
There is a famous story of St. Augustine who was working on his great treatise on the Holy Trinity and he saw a Little boyo n the shore taking wáter in a seashell and putting it in a Little hole in the sand. St. Augustine asked the boy “What are you doing?” The boy replied – I am putting the ocean in this hole. St. Augustine said “Silly Boy, You can’t fit the ocean in that little hole” The boy replied “Silly Bishop, you can’t fit God in your Little head”
 
We could add – “Silly sinner what makes you think your sin is bigger than the ocean of God’s mercy?” While our sins seem great to us, before God they are nothing.
 
Que bobo es pensar que nuestros pecados son mas grande que la oceana de la misericordia de Dios? Si hay pecados graves, pecados enormes, percados que nos da verguenza. A nosotros una ballena es enorme! Pero una ballena es nada comparado con la oceana! No importa que grande o grave son nuestros pecados – son nada comparado con la La oceana de la misercordia de Dios. Nunca vamos a llegar al fondo de este oceana.
 
God’s mercy is a fountain that will never dry up and an ocean whose depths we will never plum.
 
As we come to venerate the cross, let us pray with humility and faith: “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus, as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You.”
 
The novena will be prayed in the Church this week. You may also pray it in your homes. You can pick up a brochure following the celebration today.
 
“Oh Sangre y Agua que brotaste del Santísimo Corazón de Jesús como fuente de misericordia para nosotros en ti confío.”