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KKIP, Sepanggar – Divine Mercy devotees were urged to to approach the heart of Jesus who has resurrected, and receive the beautiful gift of God’s mercy.
Father Mitchelly Kiun, who presided the Mass at Divine Mercy Church here on 8 Apr 2018 to mark the Feast of Divine Mercy, spoke to a crowd of over a thousand including local parishioners.
The devotees came from Divine Mercy Church Shah Alam, the Church of the Redeemer Klang, St Mary Topokon, Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu and the local parishioners.
Divine Mercy Sunday, celebrated on the second Sunday of Easter, was instituted by John Paul II in 2000.
In his homily, Fr Kiun highlighted that Thomas “… did not believe that his master has resurrected from death. He demanded proof and wanted to see the truth.”
Referring to the blood and water which came out from the heart of Jesus, Fr Kiun said, “We are invited to taste this Water of Life, this Water of forgiveness, which is His Divine Mercy to us. He is inviting us as he invited Thomas ‘Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand into my side. No more disbelief. Believe!’”
He added, “The wounds show that Jesus’ resurrection is real. It is a sign of God’s love. The wound at His side is our door to taste the forgiveness of God as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. The heart of Jesus is a heart filled with mercy.”
In closing his reflection, Fr Kiun stressed the need to believe what Jesus did on the cross. “Don’t turn back, let the old be left behind; we are forgiven and redeemed!”
The celebration included a meditation on the Stations of the Cross in the perimeter of the church, followed by the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet in the Church. A procession of Divine Mercy images from the statue of the Divine Mercy to the church preceded the Mass.
Fr Kiun also blessed the Divine Mercy images, held aloft by the faithful.
The Mass concluded with the singing of the Praises of the Divine Mercy, and veneration of the Divine Mercy Image by those present, followed by a fellowship lunch. – Jenny Liew