Father Kevin’s Reflection – January 31, 2016

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mercy said noThe Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy is in Progress

“We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy…Mercy: The word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life.   Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.”  (Pope Francis)

The above quote is from his document announcing the Year of Mercy. “Mercy:  the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.” When the Year of Mercy was being worked out early last year, I began the process of pulling out the theology books, St. Augustine, St. Thomas (etc.) to get the words and examples to talk about the qualities of Mercy as a Christian reality. And, Bang! Pope Francis does most of the work for me.

The bridge is a perfect analogy. When you think of bridges, you think of connections, in the very literal sense of connecting one piece of land to another. We also describe someone as a “bridge builder” because they connect people, whether to work together or pray together or what have you.

Mercy as a bridge works on so many levels and the image of a bridge between us and God works so well because it reminds us of the truth that God waits for us to use the bridge. He wants us to choose Him. So now the question really is: how will you be a bridge of mercy? How will you bring God’s mercy to others? Next week…let’s examine the traditional works of Mercy (forever old…but…forever new (due to their lack of use)).

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