The Jubilee Year of Mercy provides all of us with so many wonderful opportunities to reflect, pray, learn and act.
Pope Francis reminds all of us in Misericordiae Vultus, the proclamation that opened the year that Jesus is the “FACE” of the Father’s mercy. Jesus reveals the mercy of God by His words, actions and person. We follow Jesus’ example when we open ourselves to the Father’s mercy by looking sincerely into the eyes of our brothers and sisters. This year of mercy gives us the opportunity to reflect:
How have I experienced the Father’s mercy in my life?
How is Jesus calling me to look into the eyes of those in need?
Another way Pope Francis phrases it is “to ENCOUNTER the other.” Who are we called to encounter? Maybe it’s an estranged neighbor, a cranky relative, a disagreeable co-worker, a teenage son or daughter, a hungry family struggling to put healthy food on their table.
Pope Francis goes on to say: “It is absolutely essential for the Church and for the credibility of her message that she live and testify to mercy. Mercy is “the beating heart of the Gospel.” To live mercy, we must rediscover both the spiritual works of mercy and the corporal works of mercy. In this, we’ll focus on feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty, but we can also consider- are these the works of mercy I am being called to practice? If not, what am I being called to?
Some works of mercy are easier for us than others. One suggestion is to practice a different work of mercy each week or each month. Pray about it and decide where you need to grow. Feeding the hungry has always come […]