Divine Mercy

Abundant Grace – First Reading in Preparation for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Abundant Grace – First Reading in Preparation for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This is how it always is with God. His grace is not just sufficient, it is abundant. There is always some left over. When he sets a table, it is a banquet. When he pours the wine, “my cup runneth over”. His gifts are not miserly but lavish. It is his pleasure to pour out blessing. This we must know and claim in every corner of our lives and every day of our lives. Yes, we face grave difficulties and hard times, but we must know that his promise is for us: “They shall eat and there shall be some left over.” As Jesus himself said, “Fear not, little flock, it is the Father’s good pleasure to give……”(Luke 12:32)

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The Fount of Mercy – Gospel for Good Friday of The Lord’s Passion

The Fount of Mercy – Gospel for Good Friday of The Lord’s Passion

From the moment Jesus was lanced by the soldier’s spear, pouring blood and water from his pierced heart, we have recognized that it was from this very wound that the promised fount of mercy flowed. This wound immediately became the most graphic image of everything that He accomplished for us on the cross: his body given and his blood poured out “for us and for our salvation”.

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Not Fair – First Reading of the Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Not Fair – First Reading of the Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Fairness would only demand that the wicked are punished and the righteous rewarded, each for their own behavior. However, with God, “if the wicked should turn away from all their sin… and do what is lawful and right, they shall surely live.”(v. 21) Not only is he not unfair, he is gracious, merciful, and forgiving. As he says in the last verse of this chapter, “I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord. Turn then, and live”(v.32)

…God not fair? Of course he is! Fair and more. God is love.”

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Love and Mercy – Gospel Reading for the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Love and Mercy – Gospel Reading for the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Some read this as the God given means by which a wronged party can get his due from an offender and, this failing legitimately shun him – treat him “as a Gentile or tax collector”. But look at the context in which this passage is set. On one side is the parable of the lost sheep (18:10-14) in which a shepherd leaves a flock of ninety-nine to find then one lost sheep that had wandered away. On the other side is the question by Peter, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?” Our Lord’s answer is unequivocal in its call to mercy: “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” (18:21 – 22) There can be no doubt that our passage, bracketed by these, is not about the correct procedure to exclude a brother who has offended us. Rather it is about seeking out and forgiving a lost brother seventy times seven. It is about mercy.

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Will You Come? – Gospel Reading for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Will You Come? – Gospel Reading for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Notice how unequivocal his words are. He does not say that we might find rest if we are lucky or try hard enough. He says we will find rest—not because of anything spectacular we have done to earn this rest, but because of His faithfulness. The certainty of the fulfillment of this promise rests on the reality of His unfailing love. He will give it to us. All we must do is come.”

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The Gift of Divine Mercy – John 19

The Gift of Divine Mercy – John 19

From the moment Jesus was lanced by the soldier’s spear, pouring blood and water from his pierced heart, we have recognized that it was from this very wound that the promised fount of mercy flowed. This wound immediately became the most graphic image of everything that he was doing for us on the cross: his body given and his blood poured out “for us and for our salvation”.

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