THE NAME OF GOD
Pope Francis tells us the name of God is Mercy. He has made mercy a constant theme over the five years since his election. In an interview published last year, Pope Francis: Jesus says to his disciples: Even if your brother (or sister) offends you seven times a day and seven times a day returns to you and asks forgiveness, forgive. The repentant sinner who sins again and again because of his weakness, will find forgiveness if he acknowledges his need for mercy. The corrupt man is the one who sins and pretends to be Christian, and it is this double life that is scandalous.
This second Sunday of Easter presents us with Jesus at his most merciful – blessing those who abandoned and denied him, with peace! But then comes the challenge: As the Father sent me, I also send you! We are to be missionaries of forgiveness. Today, Divine Mercy Sunday, proclaims this mission. You and I are each empowered to be a missionary of forgiveness.
First, reflect on how much you have been loved and forgiven; you will then find mercy an easy gift to offer. To help us on our way, some more words from Pope Francis: Mercy is the divine attribute that embraces, it is God’s self-giving that welcomes, that leans down to forgive.
What a privileged task – to be a missionary of forgiveness. To embrace, to welcome, to lean down. What a difference each of us could make to a world that yearns for wholeness but too often settles for brokenness.