Reminiscing historically, with faith-filled sadness, I remember the words spoken by Pope (now emeritus) Benedict XVI, ‘divine mercy puts a limit on evil,’ while reflecting on the bloodiness of the 20th century, and the lack of change in the 21st century despite amazing advances in technology.
Then I also remember Benedict saying, ‘The mercy of Christ is not cheap grace; it does not presuppose a trivialization of evil. Christ carries in his body, and on his soul all the weight of evil, and all its destructive force.’
Jesus, in the garden of Gethsemane, drank the cup of wrath in the sinfulness of all of humanity from the Alpha of His Creation to the Omega of His Second Coming. On the Cross He bore that wrath, the wrath of the human being immersed in the lies and hatred of the principalities and powers of this world. His Love for us put a limit on evil through His Sorrowful Passion.
The same is expected of the Christian disciple.
The 21st century brings, along with its great hope in technology and universal-social communication, a new face to the same old evil. In order to limit evil through Divine Mercy, the 21st century Christian must drink the cup of wrath, and carry his, or her, cross up the hill of the continuing Crucifixion of Christianity.
For only through our Cross, in Divine Mercy, can we hope to inspire in them the faith which leads to resurrection.
With Isis raging in the Middle East, and the culture of death, and relativism, raging in the Western world, along with Communism in the far east, and dictatorships sprinkled throughout the world, Christians worldwide have many opportunities–through evangelization and martyrdom–to limit evil through Divine Mercy.
In conclusion, Jesus, in the Eucharistic sacrifice of the Mass, and in the faith, hope, and charity of His Mystical Body on earth and in heaven, still suffers the Love of His Cross, perpetually, in Divine Mercy inspired by the Holy Spirit.
His Love for us is Cross-borne. Our love for the world must be the same. For Jesus saved a little spot in His One, Infinitely Perfect Sacrifice, so that we could participate in His saving act for all of humanity. Though the world is inundated in evil, Jesus calls us to limit evil through Divine Mercy through participation in His intentional gap in salvation…in ‘what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ.’ (Colossians 1:24)
Our world, suffering from the effects of evil, pleads for Divine Mercy. Will we answer?