Day 15 of our 40 Days of Mercy Fast
Everything I Have is Yours
‘At the moment of Your death on the cross, You opened an inexhaustible spring of Mercy for us, giving us Your dearest possession, the Blood and Water from Your heart. Such is the omnipotence of Your Mercy. From it, all grace flows to us.’ (1747)
Grumbling over the obvious Mercy extended to the prodigal, his ‘good’ brother received this from a generous father: ‘My son, you have always been with me, and everything I have is yours.’ (Lk. 15:31)
‘Everything I have is yours…’ Were those words not fulfilled entirely upon the Cross? What more could God give, but His broken body and His shed blood? In its purest, most potent form, Mercy expressed itself in the agonizing death God endured for us.
His death loosed a life-saving tide–‘a sudden release of blood and water’
(Jn. 19:34). Here it is, He says to us—have it all! I won’t fight as you fight; I will endure multiple piercings—from the religious and the political, from sinners and saints, I will turn around the final piercing from the soldier’s sword and release for you everything I have, which is everything you need: water to cleanse you from sin and blood to give you new life. The essence of my life—blood and water—is now yours, flowing for you! Take it! Take it all! Let it make you new! Everything I have is yours!
What more can He give you? What else do you need to be convinced? The River is here. You can wait for other ‘proof’ but no greater truth will be revealed. Mercy finds its richest, deepest expression in Christ Crucified, Christ poured out for us. The Cross gushes: ‘Everything God has is ours…’
No wonder that the New Testament word for mercy, ‘eleos’, means ‘oil that is poured out’. The Church sings in her liturgy–‘Kyrie Eleison’ and ‘Christie Eleison’—she is praying that Jesus would have mercy on us, like oil pouring forth from Heaven.
The oil has been poured out and is flowing from the Cross to all sinners. Heaven’s oil has come to earth. The oil pressed from His broken body has never stopped flowing for us since Calvary. Death cancelled out death, and loosed a tide of Life, a torrent of Mercy, that continues to rise amongst us. ‘Everything He has is ours!’
‘For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him Crucified,…so that your faith may not rest on men’s wisdom but on God’s power.’ (1 Cor. 2:2, 5)
‘O Jesus, teach us to live from Your Cross, the death which is the Source of our life. Grant us child-like, crystalline clarity as to the Mercy flowing and rising from Calvary. Open the eyes of our hearts to Your generous Heart, pierced and powerful in Mercy to us and to all we love. May Your generous Mercy overflow from us to all. May Your passion be magnified in our lives to all who seek Mercy.’
Author’s note – Each day’s entry is based a passage from St Faustina’s diary. The passage entry is the number in parentheses at the end of each opening quote. Diary of St Maria Faustina Kowalska – Divine Mercy in My Soul (Association of Marion Helpers, Stockbridge, MA 01263) is available through the publisher or Amazon.com