Denver Newsroom, 24 April, 2022 / 8:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis in his homily for Divine Mercy Sunday encouraged everyone, especially priests, to remember the moments in their lives when they have experienced God's forgiveness, and the joy and peace that God's forgiveness brings.
"The joy God gives is indeed born of forgiveness. It bestows peace. It is a joy that raises us up without humiliating us," Pope Francis said during his homily at the Mass celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica.
"Brothers and sisters, let us think of all those times when we received the pardon and peace of Jesus. Each one of us has received them; each one of us has had that experience. It is good for us to remember those moments. Let us put the memory of God’s warm embrace before the memory of our own mistakes and failings. In this way, we will grow in joy."
The pope urged meditation on the three times in the Gospels when Jesus uses the greeting: "Peace be with you," the first of which being Jesus' first encounter with his disciples following his resurrection.
When Jesus' disciples first encounter the risen Jesus, they react joyfully, despite having abandoned their master during his Passion and death. Despite courageously following Jesus in the past, "They had good reason to feel not only afraid, but useless; they had failed," the pope said.