THE YEAR OF MERCY
In the Year of Mercy
Mercy is a gift box of so many undeserved sky pieces from God. It is something beyond human understanding and beyond the rules of the universe. It is not asked for, nor begged, but freely given like a miracle coming from the angels. Sometimes we could have thought of it as a summit or real gifts from heaven coming from our one true Father.
Take note of Moses’ miracle in the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus.
“And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.”
The master of the universe protects his people and the children so they could pass through and flee from the enemy. Who could ever hold standing waters?
From the cross, the risen Christ breathed to his disciples the Holy Spirit to comfort them when he leaves. Wisdom, right judgment, understanding, fortitude, knowledge, reverence and awe are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ followers and to all of us this day and forever. Such gifts guide us how to live our daily tasks and be full of joy.
God has always been good. He never fails anyone of us. We only need to be more sensitive about his love. Of course, we all have these trials in our lives, but then, remember that God never abandons his children because His love is everlasting here and beyond.
In this age, greed is out, empathy is in.
Empathy is almost like being merciful. It is putting ourselves in the shoes of other people and feel what they are feeling. Yes, we have to be considerate of others, yet decipher how to leave something for ourselves for liberty. Limits are set, yet with mercy we don’t seek so much, but of what we could give. Sometimes, it may seem impossible or even insane to show benevolence to those we do not like or to those who hurt us, but what the mind could not grasp is understood by the heart. After the act, we would find joy and not be sorry.
The Sacred Heart is a heart full of mercy who welcomes us sinners. This heart gives us the privileges of becoming God’s children, fulfilled.
The corporal works of mercy are feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, visiting the prisoners, burying the dead, and giving alms to the poor.
The spiritual works of mercy are counseling the doubtful, instructing the ignorant, admonishing the sinner, bearing the wrong patiently, comforting the sorrowful, forgiving injuries, and praying for the living and the dead.
Pope Francis reminds us in this year of mercy, to turn to God at all times in our daily struggles and obtain his mercy and grace. Also, try the pilgrimage of the holy doors of our churches, which always wait for us to refresh and renew our faith.
“I have loved you as the Father as loved me. Remain in my love.”
Come Holy Spirit!
Rosevoc2. August 23, 2016
photography Dr. Eva Roxas