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Tuesday, 01 December 2009 17:15
A MERCIFUL MESSIAH The need to turn always to the mercy of Our Lord. Meditating on his life so as to learn to be merciful to others. Large crowds came to him, we read in the Gospel of today’s Mass, bringing the lame, the crippled, the blind, the dumb and many others; these they put down at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were astonished to hear the dumb speaking, to see the cripples whole again, the lame walking and the blind with their sight restored… Jesus called his disciples to him and said: I feel sorry for all these people! (Matt 5:7). This is why the heart of Our Lord is so often moved. And in his mercy he was to follow up this episode with the wonderful miracle of the multiplication of the loaves. The Liturgy has us consider this passage of the Gospel during Advent because an abundance of good things and limitless mercy will be the signs of the coming of the Messiah. And to learn how to be merciful we must fix our eyes on Jesus, who comes to save that which was lost. He does not come to crush the broken reed or to wholly extinguish the wick that still smoulders (Luke 19:10), but to take upon himself our wretchedness and save us from it, and to share in their misfortune with those who suffer and are in need. Each page of the Gospel is an example of the divine mercy. We should meditate on the life of Jesus because Jesus is a summary and compendium of the story of the divine mercy… Many other scenes of the Gospel also make a deep impact on us, such as his forgiveness of the woman taken in adultery, the parables - the prodigal son, the lost sheep, the pardoned debtor - and the raising to life of the son of the widow at Naim. How many reasons based on justice could Christ have found to work as great a wonder as this last one! The only son of that poor widow had died - he who gave meaning to her life, he who would help her in her old age. Jesus did not perform His miracle out of justice, but out of compassion, because his heart was moved by the spectacle of human suffering (J. Escrivá, Christ is passing by, 7). Yes, Jesus is moved to the heart by human suffering! God is mercy. And this divine attribute is like the engine supplying the power that energizes the life-story of every human being. When the apostles wanted to sum up God’s revelation, his mercy always appeared to them to be the essence of an eternal and gratuitous plan springing from God’s generosity. With good reason could the Psalmist affirm: the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord (Ps 33:5). Mercy is constant in God’s attitude to mankind. And recourse to it is the universal remedy for all our ills, including those for which we thought there was no answer. With permission from Scepter UK. Short excerpt from IN CONVERSATION WITH GOD by Francis Fernandez. Available at SinagTala or Totus Bookstore 723-4326 or at www.totusbookstore.com (info@totusbookstore.com) To subscribe or unsubscribe, please email info@defensoresfidei.com. The DEFENSORES FIDEI FOUNDATION actively spreads Ecclesial Information, Catechetical Instructions and Apologetics in pursuit of making good Catholics better Catholics. Any contribution to help this apostolate is heaven-sent and now TAX-DEDUCTIBLE (in USA). Please visit us at www.defensoresfidei.com.
 

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