Christ, the True Face of Divine Mercy
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The Gospel story on this Sunday tells us how Christ our Lord saved the life of a young man, the only son of a widow.
There are two details in the story which prove to be very dramatic: one, the dead was a young man; two, he was the only son and his mother was a widow.
Young people are the hope, the future of both families and communities. Young people themselves have beautiful hopes and countless dreams. Their strength and their initiatives bring joys, comfort and happiness to parents and those responsible for the life, safety and prosperity of the country. Unfortunately, all of a sudden, that very source of hope, joy, comfort, happiness and prosperity stops running, and dries up. The death of young people could mean the death, the destruction of future generations because of the working of the forces of evil present in our today’s society in many and different forms. Contributing to this grave crime of killing the innocent youth are: the neglect of parents who spend very little or no time on the education of their children, both intellectual and spiritual; the irresponsibility of the government that forces generations and generations to be brain-washed in rejecting the people’s thousand years old cultural, moral and religious traditions and becoming mere tools for a materialistic and atheistic ideology. What could we think of and say when witnessing the way our children live, behave, react and care for the future of their family, for the future of their country, and even for their own future?
The biblical tradition, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, shows us how the Lord God always loves and cares in a very exceptional way, the poor, the orphan and the widow. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, those people suffered, are suffering and will suffer from countless forms of discrimination, oppression, persecution. Many times, God keeps warning those who commit crimes against the poor, the orphan and the widow, assuring that their cry will reach His ears and He will respond to their prayer.
Christ by raising the dead son of the widow to life just confirms the truth that God is always faithful to His promise, and that the cry of the poor, the oppressed, the victims of injustices stay in the center of God’s merciful heart. The criminals should be held accountable for their evildoings when facing Divine Justice.
More importance is the message from this Sunday’s readings of the Holy Bible: Jesus Christ, our Lord, our Savior, and our God, is the Source of life, the Supreme Justice, Master of human history, and He alone, has absolute power to defeat the forces of evil, to restore all that is true, good, and beautiful in the hearts of people. He alone has the power to heal the seriously sick young generation of our society. He alone has the power to raise an already dead young generation to life. He alone has the power to free our country, our people from all forms of evil. Simply because He alone, through His Suffering, Death, and Resurrection, has the power to destroy the kingdom of Satan and build the kingdom of God.
Fr. Francis Nguyen, O.P.