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Monday, April 20, 2009

Mercy is love

When we who believe fix our eyes on Christ, we see first a baby who is the Son of God. The mystery of the Incarnation shows us a Jesus like us in all things but sin. He is of our family, one of us. Then, with eyes of faith we see a crucified criminal who is the Redeemer of the world; but this Jesus is isolated, abandoned by all, even by his heavenly Father, who is present to him only in his very absence. Then, lastly, we see an empty tomb and meet in faith a risen Lord, with a life both like ours and different, a life transformed. He is the first of a new humanity, of which we are all called to be part.

Spirit-filled, the risen Christ sends the Holy Spirit on his Church for the forgiveness of sins. Mercy is love that is eager to forgive. We rely on this love that forgives and we thank God for it the Sunday after Easter. It’s spiritually challenging to practice and preach a message of Divine Mercy in a world afraid to forgive, lest any weakness be admitted.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI

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