REFLECTION FOR THE EIGHTHTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C), Week beginning 31st JULY 2022
No. 4 of 4 for July.
Jesus instructed Sr. Faustina to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet unceasingly. Those who recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Even the most hardened of sinners, who recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from the Divine Mercy. Jesus wishes the whole world to know His infinite Mercy. He so desires to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in His Mercy. The Chaplet is recited on ordinary rosary beads: begin with an ‘OUR FATHER’, one ‘HAIL MARY’ and the Creed. Then on the ‘OUR FATHER’ beads, one says:
‘Eternal Father, I offer You the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.’ On the ‘HAIL MARY’ beads, this will be followed by the words: ‘For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.’ At the end of the beads, one will say 3 times: ‘Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.’
3pm begins the hour of Great Mercy. A devotion most dear to Jesus is the one venerating His Passion at the very hour that recalls His death on the Cross. He said to Sr. Faustina:
‘At 3 o’clock, implore My Mercy especially for sinners, and if only for a brief moment immerse yourself (with)in My Passion, particularly in my abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of Great Mercy for the whole world … at this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me, in virtue of My Passion.’
Jesus refers to 3pm as ‘… the time of grace for the whole world – the moment that mercy triumphed over justice.’