Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary:
“Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The twenty-fourth World Day of the Sick offers me an opportunity to draw particularly close to you, dear friends who are ill, and to those who care for you.
This year, since the Day of the Sick will be solemnly celebrated in the Holy Land, I wish to propose a meditation on the Gospel account of the wedding feast of Cana (Jn 2: 1-11), where Jesus performed his first miracle through the intervention of his Mother. The theme chosen - Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5) is quite fitting in light of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. The main Eucharistic celebration of the Day will take place on 11 February 2016, the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, in Nazareth itself, where “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (Jn 1:14). In Nazareth, Jesus began his salvific mission, applying to himself the words of the Prophet Isaiah, as we are told by the Evangelist Luke: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord” (Lk 4:18-19).
Illness, above all grave illness, always places human existence in crisis and brings with it questions that dig deep. Our first response may at times be one of rebellion: Why has this happened to me? We can feel desperate, thinking that all is lost, that things no longer have meaning…
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THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY – DECEMBER 8, 2015 –
NOVEMBER 20, 2016
- Pope Francis officially declares a year of Mercy this Tuesday, December 8,
on the Solemn Feast of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin
- It is a call for each person to have a “genuine experience of God’s Mercy.”
- Through developing a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ
- Forming stronger bonds of friendship with people in the Parish Community, Diocese and society as a whole.
- Inviting and welcoming others back to the Church and,
- Knowing Peace and Joy through Our Lord’s forgiveness and healing.
III. WHY A YEAR OF MERCY?
- The Pope explains that a Year of Mercy is needed so that we receive the Mercy of God who forgives the repentant sinner, and we, in turn, show mercy toward others.
IV. JESUS REVEALS THE FATHER’S MERCY
- Jesus is the face of the Father’s Mercy.
- The Father, “rich in mercy’’ (Eph 2:4), never ceases to show, through history, His divine nature.
- In the “fullness of time” (Gal 4:4), born of a woman, Mary, to reveal His Mercy for us in a definite way.
V. MERCY: SOURCE OF SALVATION, JOY, & PEACE
- The Pope clarifies the effects of mercy as:
a) The Well-Spring of Joy, Serenity and Peace; and
b) The Ultimate and Supreme act by which God comes to meet us.
c) The bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the Hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.
- We are encouraged to make this Jubilee Year an amazing time of personal
- By pondering and acting upon the Mercy of God in Jesus.
- As Spiritual Father, the Pope says:”For every penitent, it’ll be a source of true interior peace”
- He further says of Confession: “no matter how great our sins or how long it has been, Jesus is always a Merciful Savior”
- Of young people: The Pope says:”Many of them are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord; living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives.
VIII THE HOLY DOOR, SIGN OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS
- Each Diocese throughout the world will have designated churches with one door marked as “HOLY DOOR”.
- Each “HOLY DOOR” will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience thelove of God who consoles, pardons and instills hope
IX IN CONCLUSION
- Let us rediscover the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy
- Let us draw near to our Heavenly Father, who is “RICH IN MERCY”
God Bless Us All
Fr. Joseph Q. Aggrey
Last Updated: Wednesday, 09 December 2015 21:05