REFLECTION FOR THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C), Week beginning 10th JULY 2022
For this month of July, the Devotion to the Divine Mercy can really aid our focus on the Precious Blood of Jesus, the underlying theme of July. (So, for these 4 Sundays of the month, this Reflection slot will examine the essential aspects of this relatively new Devotion in these 20 centuries of Church history). The recipient of this Devotion from Jesus was a most humble Polish nun, Helena Kowalska. Here are some key dates in her life:
• August 25th 1905: born in Poland, the 3rd of 10 children.
• Her parents, in spite of being poor, taught their children the love of God and of neighbour.
• 1925: she enters religious life (the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy).
• Under the spiritual name of Faustina, she lived in her convent for 13 years.
• October 5th 1938: she died there, near Cracow, aged 33.
On February 22nd 1931, she had her first vision of Jesus, dressed in white, with one hand raised in blessing, and one touching his garment at the breast. From underneath, came 2 rays of light: one red, the other pale. His instruction to her was: “Paint a picture according to the vision you see and with the signature ‘Jesus, I trust in You’. I desire that this picture be venerated first in your chapel and then throughout the whole world.” (The rays represent the outcome when Jesus’ side was pierced on the Cross. The pale rays point to the water that cleanses and purifies the soul. The red rays represent the blood which gives new life to the soul). In his explanation to Sr. Faustina, Jesus then said “I desire to save all. The well of Mercy was opened wide with a lance on the Cross, for all souls. I do not exclude anyone.” Jesus has directed us to absolute trust in Him, and in the saving power of His Precious Blood.