Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario
St Mary Star of the Sea
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It is God’s great pleasure to show us the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in his son Jesus.
We experience the mercy of God when we reflect on the mysteries of The Passion – the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus – and that allows us to live a life of compassion and kindness knowing that we are forgiven sinners. The Apostle Paul tells us that we have been ‘created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.’ Carrying out works of compassion, doing the deeds of love, revealing the great mercy God has shown us – this, dear friends, this now is to be our way of life.
St James reminds us that works of mercy and compassion and any other deeds of love we may perform are the evidence that faith is truly present in our hearts. Without such works, he says, faith is dead. Without deeds, faith and love and mercy are mere words only. They have no saving value. We cannot remain indifferent to the suffering and misery that exists in our world. We cannot ignore the impact that our own self-centeredness has had on others. God is compassionate. God cares about those who suffer. God reaches out to those who are in need. So must we, if we be born of God.
So, dear friends, in our Lenten journeys – and beyond as we celebrate the joy of Easter – give generously of yourself in the awareness of the many needs of others around us, and also in the realization that everything we have is a sheer gift from God.
O, dear Lord, we thank You for mercies received.
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