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Let us therefore, love to quench our thirst at this fountain of living water and go forward all the time along the way of divine love. – St. Pio of Pietrelcina 

We know that Christ became man in the incarnation out of humility, in order that He may make available to us the inexhaustible fount of His mercy. The fount of His Divine Mercy, in fact, is made present in the symbol of the water and blood that gushed forth from His pierced Heart. Then we hear him utter a prayer, a prayer that has echoed through the ages, a prayer that has given strength and inspiration to all the Saints who, out of love for God, forgave those who persecuted and killed them. When reading the Gospels, we at first assume that this prayer is meant for the Jews and the Romans partaking in the evils committed on Calvary, and it is, but is it not also meant for us? “Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do.” That one prayer, made for all our sake, has been continuously prayed for us, by the Son, in the Most Holy Eucharist, in that Sacrament of Divine Love, so that we may have access to that inexhaustible fount of Christ’s mercy. Those rays of Divine Mercy, the blood and water gushing forth from His Sacred Heart, continuously made present to us in the blessed Sacrament of Reconciliation, so that through that blood and water, through that Holy Eucharist, man and God can be made one again, as it once was in the book of Genesis, but now in a much more intimate way. That is why at the time of Easter, in the Mass, we pray, “O happy sin, O necessary fault of Adam, which gained for us so great a redeemer!” We do not pray this because we believe that the fall of man was the desired outcome of our creation, that we wanted God’s intimacy and union with us to be destroyed by the sin of Adam. We know this to not be true. We do not exalt the sin of Adam, nor do we exult in it, but we rejoice in the saving mercy of God, who through this perverted and distorted sin of man, has accomplished a much more intimate and Divine love for mankind, by offering Himself, the Immortal Godhead, on the Cross to pay for us the debt of death that we ourselves owed but could never repay. We, out of this infinite and Divine Mercy, through this intercession, “Father, Forgive them, they know not what they do,” are now able to take into our very bodies the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of God Himself, and in doing so become as gods ourselves. For, who among creation can take God into himself? Not even the angels, who in their fidelity and blessedness behold the Divine Presence with the Saints. The angels, higher than us in every way in the Divine order of creation, are not even afforded the gift to receive into themselves God himself. Satan thought that he brought about the destruction of man by making man subject to death, something that he knew we had no power over, nor had any hope to fulfill; but in reality he only hastened his demise, because God cannot be beaten. God’s love is unvanquishable, and God will always bring about a greater good out of a great evil. We follow the God of the broken heart. Broken literally by the spear that pierced it, but also broken by our infidelity and blasphemy. Broken by our refusal to love Him by loving our neighbor. Broken by our refusal to spend even one hour with Him. “Can you not even watch one hour with me?” His Heart breaks when He sees us go astray and when we refuse to visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament. Do you think that God comes to us in the flesh, in the form of bread, to sit alone in a cold Church? Do you think that he makes Himself so vulnerable so that we can blaspheme the Sacrament of His Love by receiving Him in the state of mortal sin? His Heart bleeds for us, and we repay Him with scorn, blasphemy, hatred, disdain, and apathy. He, who even after death, continued to give from His Sacred Heart. It is time to make a holy hour, it is time to tap into this mercy in the confessional, and it is time to receive, with due reverence, the most holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, the Sacrament of His Love. God bless.

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