2022-06-26 Merciful Love
Presence of God – O Jesus, reveal to me the infinite treasures of mercy contained in Your Heart.
“Today’s liturgy is a warm invitation to confidence in the merciful love of Jesus. Even from the beginning of Mass, the Church has us pray thus: “Look toward me and have pity on me, O Lord, for I am desolate and unhappy. See my misery and my sadness, and pardon all my sins” (Introit); then in the Collect we add: “O God… pour out upon us Your mercy,” and a little later we are exhorted: “Cast your care upon the Lord, and He will support you” (Gradual). But how can we justify all this confidence in God since we are always poor sinners? Because we have confidence in Jesus’ infinite mercy and forgiveness of sins.
“I say to you, that even so there will be joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, more than over ninety-nine just who have no need of repentance.” It is not easy for finite creatures with a limited spiritual outlook to understand this ineffable mystery completely; not only is it difficult to understand in respect to
others, but it presents a problem even in what concerns ourselves. However, Jesus said and repeated: “There will be joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, more than over ninety-nine just” thus giving us to understand what great glory a soul gives to God when, after many falls, it comes back to Him, repentant and confident.
“O Jesus, I know that Your Heart is more grieved by the thousand little imperfections of Your friends than by the faults, even grave, which Your enemies commit. Yet it seems to me, that it is only when those who are Your own are habitually guilty of thoughtlessness and neglect to seek Your pardon, that You can say: “These wounds which you see in the midst of My hands I have received in the house of those who love Me.” But Your Heart thrills with joy when You have to deal with all those who truly love, and who after each little fault come to fling themselves into Your arms, imploring forgiveness”.
(cf. T.C.J. L-C) --Divine Intimacy
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Father Mark Groeger is the Parish Administrator of Prince of Peace Church in Northern Cambria, PA.