O God, who manifest your almighty power
above all by pardoning and showing mercy,
bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us
and make those hastening to attain your promises
heirs to the treasures of heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Some months ago now, in the wake of Pope Francis’ inviting the Church to keep the next year as a Jubilee Year of Mercy, Cardinal Vincent Nichols made mention of just how very often the language of mercy features in our Eucharistic Liturgy.
I’m not sure he was surprised at this, but he thought it worth noting.
For me it did come something as a surprise to realise just how very often God’s mercy is mentioned in the prayers of the Mass. And, lex orandi lex credendi (the pattern of prayer establishes the pattern of faith), the Liturgy has since then been teaching not to take that mercy so much for granted, and to be ready therefore more personally and authentically to thank God for that mercy, not only for the patience and encouragement of God with regard to the little things that mar and challenge every day, but for the deeper and more profound gifts of salvation offered to me and us and all, always.
- What blessings can you give thanks to God for today?
- When and how did you last show mercy to others, And extend a pardon?
- How will you and your community keep the Jubilee Year?