Mercy Sunday 2013

The Bishop's Homily

The following is the homily delivered Divine Mercy Sunday by the Most Rev. Martin D. Holley, auxiliary bishop of Washington, D.C.:

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Jesus' words in the Gospel today are worth repeating on this Sunday of Divine Mercy. As He said to His disciples, "'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.' Then He breathed on them and said to them. 'Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.'"

Pope Francis on Divine Mercy Sunday

In the first Divine Mercy Sunday message of his pontificate, on April 7 in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis gave a powerful teaching on God's mercy based on the Gospel of the day, John 20:19-31. He spoke of how "true peace ... comes from the experience of God's mercy," of Jesus Christ revealing Himself to us as "Mercy Incarnate," and of our call to boldly "proclaim Christ the Risen Lord" by "trusting in the mercy of the Lord forever."

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