Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Meditations on Mercy - Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Meditations on Mercy – Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Church and the Mercy of God
The apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole church,
decided to choose representatives and to send them to…
convey this same message by word of mouth:
"It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us
not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities…"
Acts 15:22-29
The holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God…
had twelve courses of stones as its foundation,
on which were inscribed the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Rev 21:10-14, 22-23

What great mercy and love our Lord has shown in providing us with the guidance of His Church, led by the Holy Spirit. The first reading for Sunday, May 1st shows the apostles settling disputes which arose in the early church and determining which rules Christians must follow. The full glory of God’s plan for His Church is revealed in the second reading, with John’s vision of the heavenly City built on the rock foundation of the twelve apostles.

Then, in the Gospel, we hear Jesus’s beautiful promise to dwell with those who keep His word. Yet, knowing we would often fail to keep His word, Jesus gave His Church full authority to determine what is sinful, and also to forgive sins. But Jesus will not force us to accept this great gift of mercy. We must respond by turning to God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where Jesus longs to pour out His healing love for each of us.

Do not fear; come, and find grace, mercy, and the peace that passes all understanding.

“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him...
My peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”
Jn 14:23,27


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Meditations on Mercy - April 24th, 2016

Meditations on Mercy

Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 24, 2016


I also saw the holy city… prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.   Rev 21:2
 “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” Jn 13:34

It’s hard to believe that God uses something as ordinary as marriage as a symbol of our eternal destiny, but that’s what we see throughout scripture. Today’s second reading depicts the Church “as a bride adorned for her husband,” while Jesus in the Gospel calls us to love one another as He has loved us. Jesus shows how to love, giving His life for His bride without counting the cost, purifying her to prepare her for their eternal divine union as one body. 

Jesus calls His followers to have that same radical, self-giving love for one another. This is not an easy commandment but with God, all things are possible. Yet when we do fail to love, God, who is “rich in mercy,” picks us up, dusts us off, and wipes away our tears in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, making all things new again. There in the confessional, the merciful Jesus waits for you: trust in Him, go to Him, and forgiveness is yours.
The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and rich in mercy. Ps 145:8

Monday, April 11, 2016

Meditations on Mercy

Sunday, April 17th, 2016 - The Year of Mercy
Meditations on Mercy

The Lord is good: His mercy endures forever. Ps. 100:5

For the Lamb... will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  Rev. 7:9

Jesus said: "My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish... My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father's hand. The Father and I are one."  Jn. 10:27-30

Jesus comes in silence and obscurity into human history and into every heart that welcomes him. In today's readings, Jesus, in the humble image of a shepherd, speaks to us with love, promising to protect us and keep us safe. With infinite tenderness, Jesus, who is one with God the Father, promises to wipe away every tear from our eyes and lead us to eternal life.

This merciful God knows your heart, counts every tear, sees all your hidden suffering, and longs to comfort you and lead you home.

Do you hear His voice? Don't hesitate to follow Him. Trust in the infinite mercy and love of God and you will never be lost or alone.

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