In this Year of Mercy, it is my hope to return to the process of blogging. A lot has changed since my last post, so hopefully this year I will post more regularly. In my return to blogging, comes at a request from some folks asking me to return to writing reflections and thoughts, so I have begun with my reflections from the workshops/retreats and classes as part of my work to give back.
So here we sit on the eve before the opening of Extraordinary Year of Mercy, December 7th– a day that will live on in infamy– and all I can think of is in light of all that is going on in the world today, we could stand to experience a little Mercy in our hearts, homes and in our world. Today, want to look ahead for the Jubilee year of Mercy. For me, the way in which I understand the focus of the year of Mercy is through the Papal Bull, Misericordiae Vultus that established the Extraordinary year of Mercy.
- “Our Salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. (communion) 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. (mission) Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.”[3}
Pope Francis reminds us that purpose for this year is that we must take the time “gaze more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives….A time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.”
I like how this year is summed up in paragraph 25:
“I present, therefore, this Extraordinary Jubilee Year dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us. In this Jubilee Year, let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us. The Church feels the urgent need to proclaim God’s mercy. Her life is authentic and credible only when she becomes a convincing herald of mercy. She knows that her primary task, especially at a moment full of great hopes and signs of contradiction, is to introduce everyone to the great mystery of God’s mercy by contemplating the face of Christ. The Church is called above all to be a credible witness to mercy, professing it and living it as the core of the revelation of Jesus Christ. From the heart of the Trinity, from the depths of the mystery of God, the great river of mercy wells up and overflows unceasingly. It is a spring that will never run dry, no matter how many people draw from it. Every time someone is in need, he or she can approach it, because the mercy of God never ends. The profundity of the mystery surrounding it is as inexhaustible as the richness which springs up from it.”
So when I thought about reflecting on the Year of Mercy for today, I see three distinct, yet mutual and interdependent movements in the Calling of the Year of Mercy:
- A Call to Experience Mercy
- A Call to Conversatio & Communion
- A Call to Mission in the World
In my upcoming posts, I will reflect on these three callings in the Year of Mercy.
[1, 2, 3, 4, 5] Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus: Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Vatican, April 2015. Paragraphs 2., 2, 3, 25 https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco_bolla_20150411_misericordiae-vultus.html