Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

fr-maro-smallDear Parishioners,

“Peace be with you.”

I was reflecting on this message of Jesus Christ to his disciples and I realized how connected God’s peace is with his mercy. We all know that God is merciful but we tend to take for granted the peace in our hearts that flows from his mercy.

The disciples who were feeling abandoned and hopeless were greeted by Jesus Christ with the words, “Peace be with you” not once but twice, and a third time with Thomas present. I believe it truly was a manifestation of God’s mercy when Jesus gave them His peace. He knew the disciples were troubled and feeling hopeless and they were in need of help. So in His mercy He gave them His peace – as always, the Lord shows His love to us who are weak and sinful by giving us His mercy.

Brothers and sisters, there are times when we are feeling troubled and hopeless, whether because of our sinfulness or because of situations we cannot control. I believe the only way by which we can be lifted up is for us to beg for God’s mercy so that His peace may calm our troubled hearts.

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, let us be filled with God’s peace because truly He will always show us His mercy.

In Christ, Fr. Maro