We have little less than a month before we conclude the Jubilee of Mercy; I know – time went so fast! As we are about to close the Jubilee of Mercy, I would like you to reflect on the times when – consciously or unconsciously – you have become instruments of God’s mercy to others by doing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Did you feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick and imprisoned, bury the dead, and give alms to the poor? Did you instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, admonish sinners, bear wrongs patiently, forgive offenses willingly, comfort the afflicted, and pray for the living and the dead? As you recall those times, say a prayer of thanksgiving to God for giving you the opportunities to share in the mission that he started when he came to give the world the ultimate gift of mercy when he took upon himself the heavy burden of our sins.
I think it is good for us to be reminded that these works of mercy are not optional; these are things that we as Catholics should be observing at all times. It is really good that these past few months, these works of mercy have been highlighted in our consciousness because it seems that we have been neglecting these duties.
In the next few weeks, I would like you to be more conscious in the observance of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. If, in your reflections, you realize that you have been lacking in responding to these duties that we have as followers of Jesus Christ, it is never too late. Think of something you can do that will concretely be an act of mercy and do it. May this time become for you the beginning of your devotion to works of mercy and surely you will know the joy of being a part of Jesus Christ’s work here on earth.
In Christ, Fr. Maro