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By Deacon Keith Fournier

9/19/2013 (1 year ago)

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If, in our hearts, there is no mercy, no joy of forgiveness, we are not in communion with God, even if we observe all his precepts because it is love that saves, not only the practice of his precepts

This Pope is the Pope of Mercy. In both his words and witness he makes mercy real to a world desperately in need of experiencing its liberating effect. He cautioned the faithful that "if we live according to the law of 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth', we cannot come out of the spiral of evil. The Evil One is smart. He dupes us into thinking that human justice can save us and save the world. In fact, only God's justice can save us! And God's justice revealed itself on the Cross."

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By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/19/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Mercy, justice, Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis, forgiveness, Yesr of Faith, Vatican, Deacon Keith Fournier


VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - Speaking to a crowd of 70,000 people who gathered in St. Peters Square on Sunday for the praying of the Angelus and his relection on the Gospel, Pope Francis offered some beautiful insights on the three parables in the 15th chapter of St. Lukes Gospel. He told the pilgrims, and reminded each of of us, of the primacy of Mercy; both as an expression of God's love and as our own mandate concerning how we should live the Christian life.

He explained that mercy is "the true force that can save man and the world from the 'cancer' of sin, of moral and spiritual evil." The three parables were summarized by Francis as "the lost sheep, the lost coin, and then the longest of all the parables, which is typical of Luke, the father and his two sons, the ' prodigal ' son and the self-righteous son who thinks he is holy."

He also spoke of a joyful God, noting that "all three parables speak of God's joy. God is joyful! That is something interesting. What is God's joy? Forgiveness. God's joy is forgiveness! It is the joy of the shepherd who finds his sheep; the joy of the woman who finds her coin; it is the joy of the father who welcomes home a son who was lost, who was as good as dead, but is alive again, back home. This is the whole Gospel. This is the whole of Christianity!"

"Yet, there is nothing sentimental about it, nor a sense of 'doing good'! On the contrary, mercy is the true force that can save man and the world from the 'cancer' of sin, of moral and spiritual evil. Only love fills the emptiness, the negative chasms that evil opens in hearts and history. Only love can do this and this is God's joy."

"Jesus is all mercy, all love. He is God made ​​man. Everyone here is the lost sheep, the lost coin, and each of us is the son who has wasted his freedom following false idols, the illusions of happiness, and lost everything. He is a patient father. He respects our freedom, but remains loyal. And when we return to Him, he welcomes us as children, into his house, because he never stops, not even for a moment, to wait for us, with love. And his heart celebrates every child who comes back. He celebrates because it is joy. He celebrates when one of us sinners comes back."

"What is the danger? To think that we are just; that we can judge others; that we can judge God because we think he should punish sinners; condemn them to death, instead of forgiving them. That is when we risk remaining outside of our Father's house! Like the older brother in the parable, who instead of being happy because his brother was back, got angry with his father who welcomes him and celebrates. If, in our hearts there is no mercy, no joy of forgiveness, we are not in communion with God, even if we observe all of his precepts because it is love that saves, not only the practice of the precepts. Love for God and one's neighbour fulfils all the commandments. This is his joy: forgiveness."

He contrasted the limitations of a human notion of justice and insisted that "only God's justice can save us! And God's justice revealed itself on the Cross. The Cross is God's judgment on all of us and on this world. But how does God judge us? By giving his life for us. Behold the supreme act of justice that defeated once and for all the Prince of this world. This supreme act of justice is also one of mercy. Jesus called us all to follow this path. "Be merciful," he said, "just as [. . .] your Father is merciful"(Lk, 6:36).

He called those present (as well as you and I now reading these words) to participate in God's mercy by making it their own through extending forgiveness to others. "Now I ask you one thing. Let each one of you think about a person with whom you do not get along, with whom you are angry. In silence, think about this person, pray for this person and let yourself become merciful towards this person."

This Pope is the Pope of Mercy. In both his words and witness he makes mercy real to a world desperately in need of experiencing its liberating effect. He cautioned the faithful that "if we live according to the law of 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth', we cannot come out of the spiral of evil. The Evil One is smart. He dupes us into thinking that human justice can save us and save the world. In fact, only God's justice can save us! And God's justice revealed itself on the Cross."

Finally, he offered this probing insight, "If, in our hearts, there is no mercy, no joy of forgiveness, we are not in communion with God, even if we observe all his precepts because it is love that saves, not only the practice of his precepts." May we become a people of mercy.

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