On the 8th December 2015 jubilee year was started by pope Francis. It’s Year of Mercy. The keynote of this year is sentence from saint Luke Gospel: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6,36). It’s a chance for us to think once again about mercy, discover it afresh and consider it from different perspective.
In this year in Poland many things will happen. For us it’s 1050 anniversary of baptism taken in our country by first sovereign of our country. In July 2016 World Youth Days will start in Cracow (Poland). Many young people from all over the world will come to meet with each other, create community and praise the Lord. The main theme of this event is closely connected with the keynote of year of mercy. The motto of World Youth Days is: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5,7)
The Church lets us reflect on mercy. We may associate this word with sister Faustina, image of Jesus Merciful, some sanctuaries. When we hear the keynote of this year “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful”, we can think about father the Parable of the Prodigal Son – which is an counterpart of our Heavenly Father. Mercy – infinite God’s mystery. The best chance to win favour of God’s mercy is confession. When we come to trellis of confessional with our misery, poverty and contrite heart, God comes to us as the best loving Father and forgives us all our faults and sins. We just have to come to Him with intention to convert and ask for this mercy. God’s love is great and because of this we can gain grace of mercy.
We need constant reflection on the mystery of God’s mercy. It should be a source of joy, peace and solace for us. It’s a condition of our salvation. Mercy – it is a word, which reveals the Saint Trinity. Mercy – this is the greatest act of God, who comes to us with strong willingness to meet every man. Mercy is the most basic law in every men’s heart, when he / she is looking honestly on neighbors. Mercy is “the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness” – as we can read in Misericordiae Vultus written by pope Francis.
First aspect of mercy is relation between God and us – we should concentrate on His constant, unchangeable love. As a consequence of focusing on God’s love appears second aspect of mercy. We should share this mercy with our neighbors. Pope Francis suggests us to “reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy. Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples. Let us rediscover these corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead. And let us not forget the spiritual works of mercy: to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offences, bear patiently those who do us ill, and pray for the living and the dead,” (Misericordiae Vultus)
Year of mercy is perfect time to stop and think about works of mercy in our own lives. We are called (regardless of sex, age, education and so on) to be good man – to be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. God’s love manifests itself in incarnation of Jesus, Son of God.
In Church very important truth is connected with Christ’s love – love, which tends to forgive and sacrifice for others. The Church is servant of this love and wants to share it. In our parishes, communities, societies… – everywhere Church and Christians appears, there should be haven, oasis of mercy.