On the Jubilee of Mercy (Third blog entry)
From Misericordiae Vultus Bull of Indiction of the Jubilee of Mercy
(Given in Rome, at Saint Peter’s on 11 April 11, 2015)
“How much I desire that the year to come will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God! May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!
From the Psalms (Ps103:3-4) (Ps146:7-9) (Ps 147:3,6): The mercy of God is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality which with he reveals his love as that of a father or a mother, moved to the very depths out of love for their child.
The mission Jesus received from the Father was that of revealing the mystery of divine love in its fullness “God is love.” (1Jn 4:8,16)
The signs he works, especially in favor of sinners, the poor, the marginalized, the sick and the suffering, are meant to teach mercy. Everything in him speaks of mercy.
In the parables devoted to mercy, Jesus reveals the nature of God as that of a Father who never gives up until he has forgiven the wrong and overcome rejection with compassion and mercy.