Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Mercy: gushing forth from his heart

Pope Francis said:

The Lord asks us above all not to judge and not to condemn.
If anyone wishes to avoid God’s judgment,
he should not make himself the judge of his brother or sister.
Human beings, whenever they judge,
look no farther than the surface,
whereas God looks into the very depths of the soul.
                           (No. 14, Misericordiae Vultus)
We’ll need to see what this Year of Mercy will bring
for the Church and the world.

For now, we go to the Lord’s table to celebrate his supper,
the very meal he shared on the night before he died with those who,
only hours later, would betray, deny and abandon him.
But he broke bread with them, he shared his cup with them,
he gave them at that table, that night, the gift of his life,
precisely because his mercy was there for them
before they failed him
and he knew that one day, through his grace,
they would claim that mercy, gushing forth from his heart.

And the same Lord waits at this table, this morning,
for US to come and to claim our share of the that mercy divine
which the heart of the risen Jesus has in abundance
for each of us, and for all of us.