The Gospel of Mercy

Word of the Day

divine mercy: where God’s love meets man’s misery

The Bible presents us with two responses to our sin, weakness, and selfishness: that of Judas and that of Peter. Both betrayed him: Judas sold him to his death for 30 pieces of silver; Peter denied him three times. After these events, the love and mercy of God, through the Son of God, were available to both. Judas chose self-destruction, while Peter endured the painful reality of his humanity and accepted Jesus’ forgiveness.

Three times Jesus asked Peter if he loved him (John 21:15–19). “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Again: “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” No doubt the anguish of his betrayal of Jesus was fully enflamed when asked a third time, “Do you love me?”

Question of the Day

In spite of betrayal and lack of love, have you chosen mercy?

Will you say with Peter, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you”? Or will you choose the path of Judas: self-destruction and death?

Prayer of the Day: The Heart’s Flight to God

I fly to your mercy, Compassionate God, who alone are good. Although my misery is great, and my offenses are many, I trust in Your mercy, because You are the God of mercy; and, from time immemorial, it has never been heard of, nor do heaven or earth remember, that a soul trusting in Your mercy has been disappointed.

O God of compassion, You alone can justify me, and You will never reject me when I, contrite, approach Your Merciful Heart, where no one has ever been refused, even if he were the greatest sinner.

— Diary of Saint Faustina, Notebook VI, 1730

Quote of the Day

In God’s mercy, all of our infirmities find healing.  His mercy, in fact, does not keep a distance: it seeks to encounter all forms of poverty and to free this world of so many types of slavery.  Mercy desires to reach the wounds of all, to heal them. Being apostles of mercy means touching and soothing the wounds that today afflict the bodies and souls of many of our brothers and sisters.  Curing these wounds, we profess Jesus, we make him present and alive; we allow others, who touch his mercy with their own hands, to recognize him as “Lord and God,” as did the Apostle Thomas.  This is the mission that he entrusts to us.  So many people ask to be listened to and to be understood.  The Gospel of mercy, to be proclaimed and written in our daily lives, seeks people with patient and open hearts, “good Samaritans” who understand compassion and silence before the mystery of each brother and sister.  The Gospel of mercy requires generous and joyful servants, people who love freely without expecting anything in return.

— Pope Francis, Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, 2016

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