The Divine Power and Mercy

Sirach 18:1-13

The Eternal is the judge of all things
without exception;
the Lord alone is just.
Whom has he made equal to describing
his works,
and who can probe his mighty deeds?
Who can measure his majestic power,
or exhaust the tale of his mercies?
One cannot lessen, nor increase,
nor penetrate the wonders of the
When a man ends he is only beginning,
and when he stops he is still bewildered.
What is man, of what worth is he?
the good, the evil in him, what are
The sum of a man’s days is great
if it reaches a hundred years:
Like a drop of sea water, like a grain of
so are these few years among the days
of eternity.
That is why the Lord is patient with
and showers upon them his mercy.
He sees and understands that their
death is grievous,
and so he forgives them all the more.
Man may be merciful to his fellow man,
but the Lord’s mercy reaches all
Reproving, admonishing, teaching,
as a shepherd guides his flock;
Merciful to those who accept his guidance,
who are diligent in his precepts.

May you all have a blessed Divine Mercy Sunday, and ask for the many graces that are available today for your benefit and on behalf of all those for whom you ask, through the Blessed Trinity, the Divine Mercy image of Jesus, our Mother Mary, Saint Faustina and Pope John Paul II (my post in honour of his beatification today can be found at Consecrated to Mary).


4 thoughts on “The Divine Power and Mercy

  1. I am glad that I came and read this. Sometimes when I try and talk to myself of the goodness and mercy of the Lord it becomes an internal debate instead of an affirmation. This reading from Sirach is inspiring and truly portrays the God of infinite Mercy whom I invite to dwell with me in a rather untidy heart and soul.

    • “rather untidy heart and soul” reminded me instantly of St Peter.


      If Peter hadn’t believed in divine mercy, we wouldn’t have a Petrine church.

  2. I re-read the last two lines of the above Sirach passage many times, and couldn’t help but breathe large sighs of relief that we now know, through St. Faustina and others, that the Lord’s Divine Mercy goes not only “to those who accept his guidance, who are diligent in his precepts”, but to all people deep in sin. As He said to Faustina, the greatest sinners have the most right to my mercy.

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