“Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy…We need to constantly contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it.” (Pope Francis)
There is a lot of hope to be found for us in today’s Readings, at least for those of us who acknowledge our sins and our offences against God and neighbour:
“But thou art merciful to all, for thou canst do all things, and thou dost overlook men’s sins, that they may repent.”(Wisdom 11,23)
In Psalm 144 we also read with joy that: “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.”
Finally, if we accept to become like Zacchaeus after Jesus called him from his tree, then there is much hope for us. “He was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was (…) he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him…When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.” (Luke 19).
If material goods, sports and leisure have perhaps become more important for us than wanting to live daily in the presence of God, let us renew our desire to adore Him and to receive His forgiveness while there is still time! To this end, you are invited today to come to the Pro-Cathedral at St Mary’s:
2.00pm Prayerful entry through the Holy Door.
2.30 – 3.30pm Adoration, Chaplet of Mercy, Benediction
Reconciliation will be available
3.30pm Holy Mass
Conditions for receiving a Jubilee year of Mercy plenary indulgence (same day or within a few days following the passing of the Holy Door)
It is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed. A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day. (For oneself or for a deceased person)
¨ Have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin.
¨ Have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
¨ Receive the Holy Eucharist (it is certainly better to receive it while participating in Holy Mass).
¨ Pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff (Your choice)
¨ Perform an indulgenced act: pass through a designated Holy Door.