Pope Benedict XVI, in his reflection before the Regina Caeli on Divine Mercy Sunday, focused on the theme of The Divine Mercy.
According to asianews.it, the Holy Father recalled that it was John Paul II who established the second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday, pointing out to all that the risen Christ is "the Source of trust and hope, accepting the spiritual message transmitted by the Lord to St. Faustina Kowalska, synthesized in the invocation 'Jesus, I trust in you!'"
"The communion of the first Christians," the Pope explained, "had the risen Christ as its true center and foundation. The Gospel says, in fact, that at the moment of the passion, when the divine Teacher was arrested and condemned to death, the disciples fled. Only Mary and the women, together with the apostle John, stayed together and followed Him all the way to Calvary. Once He had risen, Jesus gave His followers a new unity, stronger than the kind they had before, invincible, because it was founded not on human resources, but on The Divine Mercy, which made them feel they were all loved and forgiven by Him.
The Holy Father continued, "It is therefore the merciful love of God that firmly unites the Church, today as yesterday, and makes humanity a single family; the divine love, which through Jesus crucified and risen forgives our sins and renews us from within."