Merciful like the Father is the “motto” of this Holy Year. Pope Francis.

The Paschal Mystery, manifestation of Mercy

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In this Holy Year, how beautiful it is to contemplate the Paschal Mystery as the greatest manifestation of Divine Mercy!     

 

 

 

 

In Jesus, giving himself up to death and rising for our justification, we can discover the face of the Father, compassionate and loving. "In Jesus Christ, God became man in order that mercy be truly incarnated in a tangible compassion"[1]. All the actions of Jesus reveal to us the Father's heart, his love for men, for the littlest ones and the most suffering among them. His delicacy and his proximity to the sinners speak to us of mercy which constitutes the very being of God as he himself has revealed: "The Lord passed before Moses, and proclaimed: The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness"[2].

 

It is in the contemplation of this divine mercy that we can also know ourselves and enter in our turn in the superabundance of love. St. Teresa had a lively awareness "because it is true, very true, that the regret of my faults is often tempered by the joy I feel in sharing the multitude of your mercies! In whom Lord could they shine better than me? ... "[3]

However, in the moment of entering in the celebration of the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord, mercy is offered to us with a special radiance. The design to save all men, the humanization of God, his kenosis, reveal to us an immense love, ready to take all possible and imaginable means. "The God that He is, I saw that he is man, that he is not astonished of the weaknesses of men, that he understands our miserable nature prone to fall often ... Though He is Lord, I befriend him ... "[4]

And even more, following Pope, Saint John Paul II, we can "interpret the paschal mystery as a mystery of mercy. The limit imposed to evil is ultimately the Divine Mercy"[5]. Because Christ has conquered evil and death by his death, we are assured of the victory of mercy over all forms of selfishness and hardness, we know the greatness of God's love.


At this time of Easter, may the words of our Pope Francis resound everywhere: “This is the opportune moment to change our lives! This is the time to allow our hearts to be touched!”[6]



[1] MJ Scheeben la dogmatique t.2

[2] Exodus 34,6

[3] Book of Life Saint Teresa of Avila 4, 3-4

[4] Book of Life Saint Teresa of Avila 37,5

[5] Saint John Paul II Memory and Identity

[6] Bull of Indiction Jubilee of Mercy 19

 

 

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