DIVINE MERCY IMAGE INITIATIVE
Apr 6, 2020
Divine Mercy Image Initiative
Passover Significance for us
Image instructions at end…limited quantity in Church:
Jesus to Saint Faustina the Apostle of Divine Mercy: “I promise that the soul that shall venerate this image will not perish…By means of this image, I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have access to it!”
Palm Sunday begins Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to celebrate with His Apostles, the Jewish People’s highest and holiest celebration…the Passover.
The Passover story begins when the Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, starts worrying that the Jews living in Egypt will outnumber his own people. His response: forcing them into slavery, and decreeing that every son born to the Hebrews should be drowned in the Nile. One baby, named Moses is saved and adopted by Pharaoh’s own daughter.
When Moses grows up, he’s told by God to command Pharaoh to let the Jews go. Pharaoh says no, and God sets out to convince him by way of the Ten Plagues. As the story goes, during the tenth and final plague, The Jews were able to escape this plague by smearing lamb blood over their doors, reminding God to “pass over” their houses. This is the central act for which Passover is supposed to express thanks.
Sound familiar…well it should…
The Eucharist, the Mass, is based upon the Jewish Passover Meal.
The word Eucharist means to give thanks…and is there anything to give greater thanks for than to God who in the person of Jesus Christ…died…so that we might live forever? Rather than the blood of a lamb smeared on the wood of doorposts to save the Jews in Egypt from only a temporary death…Jesus Christ the Lamb of God by way of Crucifixion, has His blood smeared on the wood of the Cross…so that seeing His Son…the Father sees US and preserves our lives…for Christ is human and thus shares in our humanity that we might share in God’s divinity…be God-like which is to live, love and have joy forever…
The Fallen Angel of Death, the devil, now no longer has any more power over us nor does his most terrifying weapon…the threat of dying and death.
At the Last Supper with his Apostles, which was a Passover Meal, Jesus broke with the ritual when he took the matza (bread) and said “This is my Body, given up for you,” and shared it out.
There was also traditionally a place set for the Messiah when He would come. At the end of the meal Elijah’s cup of wine would still have been on the table, undrunk, awaiting the coming of the Messiah.
This was the cup Jesus took, saying “This is the cup of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, poured out for you and for many, for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.”
Jesus turned the Passover Meal into the Mass.
The Passover celebrated God’s freeing the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.
The Eucharist celebrates God freeing us from slavery to sin, Satan and death. The blood of Christ, the Lamb of God, in the chalice, is a pledge of eternal life: “Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. 54Whoever eats* my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. 55For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.”
If the blood of a mere lamb can save a people from destruction and death, can we even begin to imagine what the Lamb of God Jesus Christ can save us from…anything and everything than can cause us harm…
That being said…we have Divine Mercy Images available in the back of the Church…please take one…and post it to the front of your door…not only that God may see His Son being offered to Him by you as He sees Him offered and is filled with joy at every Mass…but that others may see Christ…held aloft as the Priest elevates Him at Mass…by your “elevating” of Christ from your own now Divinely protected home.
If there are no more images in the Church please download one from your computer and post it to your doors…Jesus I trust in you!
Why not begin this initiative Good Friday which begins the Divine Mercy Chaplet Novena…the most powerful Novena EVER!