Pope Francis has called for a Jubilee Year of Mercy “dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us” (Misericordiae Vultus, 25). The Year of Mercy starts on December 8th – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This Holy Year will be a special time for all of us to reflect on God’s love for us and how we encounter mercy: where we need mercy in our lives, how we can seek out and receive mercy, and ways we can share mercy with others. Beginning the Year of Mercy on this liturgical feast day recalls God’s action from the very beginning of the history of mankind. After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil. And so he turned his gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate in love (cf. Eph 1:4), choosing her to be the Mother of man’s Redeemer. When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of mercy. Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is ever ready to forgive.
During this Advent Season, in preparing for the coming of Christ, we can look at Jesus as the face of the Father’s Mercy in his being sent, his ministry and his death and resurrection. Learn more about how you can encounter God’s mercy this year at mercy.adw.org.
Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Pray for us!