Our Lord Jesus Christ is teaching us to be merciful just as the Father is. Many questions arise on the meaning of being merciful, what does this mean? Simple, be merciful. Our Lord is merciful.
Being merciful means be like the Father who never counts anyone’s mistakes, but forgives endlessly. “Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me?” (Mt. 18:21). 2015-2016 is a year named by the Holy Father Pope Francesco as the year of Mercy. He challenges us Christians to imitate the love of Christ. The Love that once looked at the crowed and said “Lord forgive them; they do not know what they are doing” (Lk.25:34). Indeed Jesus forgave them. This is a kind of love God wants us to share with others.
The face of Jesus full of love freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being slaves of Money. He never judged them but called them to follow him. The adulteress woman brought to him, “woman has anyone condemned you? ‘No master’, says the woman; ‘neither do I condemn you, go and do not sin any more’” (Jhn.8:10-11). There is no where Jesus holds the sins of people. He forgives and welcomes everyone.
The Church is teaching the Sacrament of confession, it is through this Sacrament that one is able to embrace the love of Christ. When one confesses, he/she is not doing any favour to the Church but freeing him/herself from the slavery of sin; for it is Christ Himself who forgives the sins. People should not be afraid to frequent this Sacrament for it is reach indeed. Before confession one is ashamed but after confession one is happy, says Pope Francesco; let us therefore embrace the joy of being loved by the Father who judges no one.
Oh! How beautiful is the prayer of the Lord we recite every day. ‘Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us’ (Mt.6:12). This part of prayer should reminds us of the merciful Father, He is indeed forgiving us, but the question is; do we forgive others? I leave it here so that you may have time to think about the merciful Father. How I love to be forgiven yet how I fail to forgive. Misericordes sicut Pater.