What pleases the Lord more is not so much our good works but in our confidence in His merciful love.
Three Points of the Homily:
1. People who refuses the mercy of God.
a. People blinded to sin - People who don't see their sins will naturally not seek the mercy of God.
b. People who think that they can not be forgiven - They think that because of the gravity and or the frequency of their sins, it will be impossible for God to forgive them.
c. People who do not know God - Many people who have not encountered God, do not know how much God is willing to forgive them their sins.
2. Confidence in His mercy.
All of us to different degrees have a doubting Thomas in us. Whenever we sin against God, there is a temptation to doubt his love and mercy for us. That is why Jesus appeared to St. Faustina, a polish nun in Poland, in the 1930’s to have this image of the Divine Mercy painted. In that image we see two rays coming forth from his chest. “The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls.” (Diary 199) Jesus wants to cleanse our soul from our sins by the blood and water that gushed forth from His side when it was pierced by a soldier on Good Friday. At the bottom of the image are the words, “Jesus, I trust in You.” These words have been translated to many languages. And because we easily doubt on his mercy, Jesus wants to remind all people from all nations to trust in his mercy.
3. Extend that mercy to others.
Jesus gave St. Faustina and all of us this instruction, “I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first – by deed, the second – by word, the third – by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy.” (Diary 742)