I can’t get enough of Pope Francis. He’s real. He’s fascinating. He’s the common people’s Pope. He’s the kind of Pope I’d love to sit down to dinner with. My guess is he’d be entertaining, drinking wine, and telling jokes.
As ordinary of a man he appears to be, he’s already made some pretty extraordinary events. His travel to the USA and his Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy beginning Dec. 8, 2015 through November 20, 2016.
Here’s the Year of Mercy blog I suggest you follow. Fr. Mike Schmitz is one of the contributors….another Priest I’d love to sit down to dinner with! If you’re not familiar with him, his Youtube video’s are pretty entertaining. He can take a boring religious concept and make it..well…entertaining. I know…hard to believe but check out his YouTube channel here.
Back to The Year of Mercy. Now…the Church didn’t randomly pick these dates to start and end. Every date is significant….just follow the Liturgical Calendar and you’ll see!
December 8th, 2015—the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II— to the Solemnity of Christ the King on November 20, 2016. See…there’s always a PLAN!
During this holy period, Pope Francis calls all Catholics to be witnesses to mercy and to…
“find the joy rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time.”
(To learn more, visit the Vatican’s official Year of Mercy website, or read a summary of the Papal Bull in which the Holy Father announced the Extraordinary Jubilee Year.)
SO here’s my confession. During this year, one of the things we are called upon is to…
- Forgive those who are in need of your mercy.
This is a big one for me. I’ve become very aware I’m harboring unforgiveness in my heart. 2013, 2014, 2015 were three extremely difficult years for me. Now, I’m not making an excuse…just because life get hards doesn’t mean I should justify not forgiving people that’s done harm to me. BUT the Year of Mercy has made me very aware of the unforgiveness…and THANK GOD I have a year to work on it!
What’s the big thing for you to work on during the Year of Mercy? Would you let me know in the comments below…I’d love to pray for you about your one BIG THING! or maybe you have a couple…that’s fine! Isn’t it wonderful we can focus on doing the things we need to do to get us to heaven!
The Year of Mercy works beautifully into your Eternal Life Plan!
In Matthew 18:21-22, Jesus gives an extraordinary answer to Peter..
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
“I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Lordy…that’s a bunch of forgiveness! I bet Peter thought Jesus was nuts. How can you forgive one person that many times?
But JESUS DOES…all day, every day, 24/7, 365 days and then starts all over January 1st!
And then there’s this one….
In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”
Jesus said this at the end of his parable on the merciful and unmerciful servant. Another extraordinary parable showing the mercy of God toward us and our need to show mercy to others.
The truth is we all need mercy and we all need to show mercy. As I pray for you, will you pray for me too? This forgiveness thing is going to be a big one for me..and I need to start by forgiving myself. Ouch!
Thanks for reading my post!