Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

Today we are celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday. It is good to be reminded that perhaps the greatest attribute of God is mercy. God is love yes, but love that stoops to weakness, poverty, suffering, and sinfulness is mercy.

Because we are weak and sinful, the Lord shows his love to us as mercy. Jesus Christ never ceased to show mercy to everyone, most especially to His closest followers.

In the events that happened after Jesus Christ resurrected, He showed mercy to his disciples on their first meeting (after they abandoned him) by saying to them, “Peace be with you” not once but twice and a third with Thomas present. Having made them experience his mercy, Jesus gave them the Holy Spirit and commissioned them to grant mercy to others as well when he said “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them.”

Brothers and sisters, we too have received God’s mercy. Let us proclaim and pass on that mercy to other people by sharing it with them, by showing mercy to others through forgiveness and acts of compassion. Let us do our best to instruments of God’s mercy for other people and as we do that, let us pray that others too may know, welcome, receive, and pass on the mercy of God.

In Christ,
Fr. Maro