Divine Mercy Sunday was celebrated April 3 around the world in recognition of the blessings and mercy one receives from the Lord. At the noon Mass at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, Msgr. Jeremiah McGrath related humanity to a ten dollar bill.

Msgr. McGrath pulled the ten dollar bill from his pocket and proceeded to ask the congregation who would want the bill. Many raised their hands. Msgr. McGrath crumpled the bill, threw it on the ground and stomped on it.

He asked again, “Do you still want this money?”

Many again raised their hands.

“In God’s mercy, he looks at us and sees great value,” Msgr. McGrath said. “No matter how crumpled and dirty we are, our sins cannot devalue us to God. We are made in His image and nothing we can do will make us lose value to Him. That is His mercy to us.”

After Mass concluded, adoration and veneration of the relics of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II took place until 3 p.m. when the Divine Mercy Chaplet was sung followed by a blessing of the sick.