Archbishop Jason Gordon during an Easter service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

“Our land needs mercy!”

With that clarion call, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Port-of-Spain Jason Gordon has mandated the church and parishes across the country to offer Divine Mercy and to do their part to help those who have been most affected as a result of the closure of businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delivering the homily on Divine Mercy Sunday yesterday, Archbishop Gordon observed that “there are people who are already starving, people who cannot feed their children,” as he urged Roman Catholics to show mercy and unite to help.

Without doing our part, he said, “we cannot be what God wants as a concrete sign of Divine Mercy.”

His grace urged the Roman Catholic faithful to face the reality that “we are going to have to reach deep into our pockets, deep into our hearts, deep into our soul,” in order to become a “network of mercy so that people will know what is Divine Mercy.”

Declaring that “our land needs mercy,’ he asked each parish to do their part and provide “the concrete touch of mercy from a loving hand, giving bread and everything.”

Archbishop Gordon said the objective at this time is to help the poor, the hungry and those on the fringe, “the church is going to become a network of mercy throughout the archdiocese to help those who are poor and hungry and on the fringe.”

In this way, he said, “the Church will prepare for Pentecost, for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.”

In giving he said, “we will bask in the Mercy of God. We as Church will become a Church of Mercy for the nation.”

The archbishop noted that, “every time we touch the poor we touch the wounds of Christ, and we will prepare for the breath of the holy spirit to become what he wants us to become.”

“Mercy is what the lover does when the beloved messes up,” he said as he brought it closer to home and to the challenges encountered in personal relationships.

“When your loved one messes up what do you do? Do you quarrel, complain or go on and on or do you come to mercy and show what love really means?’ he asked.

Declaring that “love has no bounds and love has no ends,” he reminded the Catholic faithful that in the season of Easter Jesus met his disciples twice after they had betrayed him, “remember how they betrayed him, one took money, Peter denied him, but his first words to them were not scolding but Peace Be With You. That is the divine mercy. That is the demonstration of who God really is.”

Archbishop Gordon urged that we ask ourselves if all is well “in your relationship with you and your neighbour, you and your loved ones. This shalom he gives to us on the first Sunday of Easter is the gift of all gifts,” he said.

He said “whatever you have done in your life, whatever sin you have committed, wherever you have gone wrong, even if your sin is as red as scarlet right now do not be worried,” God he said forgives all of us once we ask with a true and contrite heart.

He praised the many Catholics who had been giving generously and urged that they continue to do so asking that they visit the site ‘catholictt.org’ to contribute what they can to make the “acts of Mercy,’ to those in need possible, urging that beyond giving that we “keep in touch and help somebody.”