The Holy Father has given the whole Church a great gift with the Year of Mercy. It has been a time to reflect and encounter the unfathomable Mercy of Jesus. As the year comes to a close and we move forward as pilgrims, there is so much we can say, but I’d like to offer two points for meditation and discussion. Here they are:
- Even though doors are sealed, continue to welcome Christ who walks through locked doors (cf. John 20:19). Holy Doors of Mercy, the Porta Sancta, will close throughout the world and the Porta Sancta in Rome will be sealed with cement until the next Jubilee in a few decades. While these doors close, new ones will open for us as pilgrims to eternal life. Let’s keep in mind that Christ always desires to be with us and nothing is far from his reach. We must be attentive to his knocking and his promptings. In those moments, let us not delay in responding to him in the voices of the vulnerable and forgotten.
- Miserando Atque Eligendo. This is the motto found on the Coat of Arms of Pope Francis. It speaks of the one who has been given mercy is, at the same time, called to live that mercy towards others. It speaks of how receiving mercy allows us to be in a dynamic relationship with God and others. The mercy of God calls us to be more than just humanitarians. The mercy of God calls us to be the very presence of God to every person we meet.
Finally, here is a reflection I shared with the Knights of Columbus Council #9202 at the early part of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Do enjoy!