Today’s first reading says that the early church “was of one heart and mind…they had everything in common.” This seems so foreign to us in 2021, where division abounds in most aspects of life! On this Divine Mercy Sunday, let us come together and consider our stewardship of the mercy that our Heavenly Father has extended to us.

It is said that we cannot give what we have not first received, so the first thing we disciples must do is slow down and take time to receive God’s mercy. We can do this primarily through prayer and reconciliation. Let Him fill you up! Then, in an effort to cooperate with God’s plan, we must go out and share the mercy we have received. In the Diary of Saint Faustina, Jesus says, “Take these graces not only for yourself, but also for others.” Extend mercy to those neighbors who have wronged you. Extend mercy to the complete strangers who might upset you in your daily routines. Extend mercy to those throughout the world who struggle with sin. Do not be a hoarder of God’s mercy; instead, in love and humility, spread mercy everywhere it is needed. This is discipleship!