The Collect for the 27th Sunday of the Year helps us recollect the mercy of God and ponder on how we might best keep the Year of Mercy in our own lives, in our families and communities, and what help we need from the Church to do this.
Almighty ever-living God,
who in the abundance of your kindness
surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you,
pour out your mercy upon us
to pardon what conscience dreads
and to give what prayer does not dare to ask.
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.
The prayer carefully expresses the way that we know the mercy of God is greater than we know, is beyond our comprehension, beyond even what we dare to pray for.
God’s response to our need is greater than we can conceive, and so we respond in faith, trusting, hoping. No wonder the Church struggles to express and share it.
- Pray for the Synod – one of the focusses for attention at the present time, for how Church responds to, echoes, reflects, ministers the mercy of God.
- Pray for the Year of Mercy – that it may be an occasion that helps many to hear the Gospel.
- Pray for yourself for a new openness to know God’s mercy for you and that you might thrive through that gift.
Finally, and without prejudice to the excellent publication of my own authorship soon to be published by McCrimmons, let me draw your attention to the series of books published by the Pontifical Council for promoting of the New Evangelisation. I’ve not read them, but if they are anything like the excellent publications from the Holy See for the Preparatory Years to the Millennium, they will be well worth reading.
Photograph is of Le Bon Samaritain, by Aimé Nicolas Morot in the collection of Le Petit Palais, France. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.