Year of Mercy: Living By Faith

(5) Before Pope Francis opened the Vatican Door announcing the commencement of the Year of Mercy, he looked to the end of the Jubilee year next November, declaring his belief that God would be faithful and pour out mercy on the world.

As I read his words, I asked myself how often I have expressed faith about one thing for a whole year.  In principle, I think I do.  But when it comes to writing about a year’s worth of anything in advance–well that’s another story. 

We can only imagine how deeply the Pope prayed and then pondered the stirrings in his soul before declaring (not just in a papal proclamation, but in lived-out conviction) the Year of Mercy.  We will await the end of November next year, trusting that there will be many confirmations of the Pope’s discernment.

Which brings the matter to us.  If we put ourselves inside the circle of the Year of Mercy, then we too must believe that the Holy Spirit will offer us numerous times to show mercy in the coming year.  Will we too live the Year of Mercy in faith–faith that is both professed and expressed?

[Note: the numbers at the beginning of each meditation correspond to the section of the Pope’s document on which it is based]

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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