Divine Mercy Sunday: Quasimodo Sunday

Introit: Quasi modo génite infántes, rationábile, sine dolo lac concupscíte, ut in eo crescátis in salútem, allelúia.

Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk,
that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia.

Collect: God of everlasting mercy, who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast kindle the faith of the people you have made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed.

Fun fact: The Second Sunday of Easter is the liturgical anniversary of my first Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St. John’s Church. I don’t actually remember the date, but it was the Second Sunday of Easter and the canonization of Pope St. John XXIII and Pope St. John Paul II. Ever since then, my outlook and appreciation of the Liturgy has never been the same, and I am grateful to have access to reverent Masses in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form.

The music director of St. Peter’s Church in New Brunswick pointed out to me that the introit to what can be called Quasimodo Sunday is fitting for the day that started my liturgical interest. Longing for good and reverent liturgy is the spiritual milk I seek. It is the public manifestation of our prayer life. It is how we publicly ask for God’s mercy and it is how we publicly come together to focus on the Triune God.

We long for a community of believers of one heart and one mind (Acts 4:32). The liturgy is where we set aside our differences and unite as one. It is there where we have to love the children of God because we are in the presence of God. Of course, the difficulty in life is how to bring the love and focus on God in the liturgy into our everyday lives in loving and focusing on our fellow brethren around us.

True love is difficult, but “give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.” (Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24) Remember that God loves us that he sent his only Son. He loves us in spite of our shortcomings. He is merciful for so long as we ask for mercy.

Let us have faith in that love and mercy, so that we may truly love and be merciful to those around us.

Also, yesterday was the proclamation of a new Doctor of the Church, St. Gregory of Narek from Armenia.

May we ask for his intercession as we seek to become better humans.

“Remember, Lord those of the human race who are our enemies as well, and for their benefit accord them pardon and mercy… Do not destroy those who persecute me, but reform them, root out the vile ways of this world, and plant the good in me and them” ~St. Gregory of Narek, Doctor of the Church.

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