We must pray for a Faith so strong that it does not fear death. Our Lord chose the time and place of His death. He embraced it without fear. This is a sure sign of His love for us. On avarice.
Baptism, Confirmation, Priesthood conform souls to Christ. He desires us and the Eucharist is how He brings us to Himself. The Eucharist is the source and summit of all the sacraments. We become part of the Infinite. What the soul is to the body, grace is to the soul. The importance of daily Mass and frequent reception of Communion.
In order to complete this mission of restoring sinners to friendship with God, our Lord shared with his priests a power that belongs exclusively to God. He said, “Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven; whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” He showed them the source of peace — his passion. He tells them the reason for peace — reconciliation with God. And then he gives them the power, the means for achieving this peace — the power to forgive sins.
Sermon for Divine Mercy Sunday, originally preached on April 11, 2010.