Painting, "Divine Mercy" Michael O'Brian
It is Divine Mercy Sunday.
I don't know about you, but I need all the mercy I can get.
For quite some time, I didn't pay much attention to this devotion. It seemed goofy, in a way. Sorry, but it did. I sometimes shy away from things that I haven't fully looked into and/or fully understand. And also, frankly, the more sentimentalized traditional imagery and ever more sentimentalized editions of this devotion didn't set well with me, or my oddball aesthetic. I know, shallow perhaps, but there it is. My reality.
Anyhow, but as I learn more about this devotion, I am learning about the simple beauty of it. And I think it is what we all crave. Mercy. Just that. Just a little mercy.
To that end, the Church recognized today, the first Sunday after Easter, as Divine Mercy Sunday. Because Easter is ALL about Mercy, Divine Mercy. If it is not, there is no real reason to even get out of bed. But it is. I know it, heart and soul.
So today, I join in the prayer:
"....for the sake of His sorrowful passion,
Have Mercy on us, and on the whole world."
Happy Easter...still easter....yay.....