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FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
Posted 6 Feb 2016, 12:03 by OLOFC AdminIn both today’s first reading from Isaiah and in the Gospel we hear about two life-changing encounters with God. The prophet Isaiah remembers that moment as a young man when he was granted a vision of God in all his heavenly glory. In the Gospel it is Simon Peter’s turn as Jesus steps into his boat and leads him to the greatest catch of fish he has ever had. It is interesting that both men react to this experience of God’s power in the same way – they beg God to leave them! This is because coming into the presence of God’s holiness and light suddenly makes them aware of their own darkness and sinfulness – as Simon says, “Leave me, Lord, I am a sinful man.”But what both these young men discover is that our sinfulness is not a barrier to keep God out – in fact it opens a door to let God in. As someone rightly said, “If sinfulness was an obstacle for being in Jesus’ company, he would have been a very lonely man!” Jesus makes it clear that it is for sinners that he has come to be one of us. He has come to set us free from our sin so that we can become the person God has created us to be. Simon Peter focuses on the shadowland of his weakness and his past performance as a sinner; Jesus, in contrast, focuses on Simon Peter’s future as a disciple and a leader, on his God-given gift to be a “fisher of men” who will bring others to God.But it is important that before both Isaiah and Simon Peter can begin this mission given to them, they humbly confess their sinfulness and their total need for God’s mercy and grace to fulfil this mission. This is an important message for all of us as we prepare to begin this year’s Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday this week. At the heart of the journey of Lent is the need for each one of us to come closer to God and then, to acknowledge, like Isaiah and Simon Peter, that we are sinners and need his forgiveness. There are parts of our lives which need to change. But then God can move us on, he can free us to be the person he has created us to be. He also has a mission for our lives.With blessings and prayers, Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem and the parish team.
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PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY
Slow to anger, abounding in mercy
You see us and run to us
when we are far away from you,
You find your way to us
when we cannot find our way to you,You are always faithful when we are unfaithful.JESUS CHRIST,You entered the house of sinners,You sat at the table of the poor,You mounted the Cross, your throne of mercy.HOLY SPIRIT,You pour your healing gifts over our wounds,You anoint us to bring good news to the poor,You send us out as missionaries of mercy.GOD OF MERCIES,Have mercy on us,so that where sin aboundsyour grace may abound all the more,and we shall become like you. Merciful.AMEN
- POPE FRANCIS ON GOD'S MERCY:Let us remember Peter: three times he denied Jesus, precisely when he should have been closest to him; and when he hits rock bottom he meets the gaze of Jesus who patiently, wordlessly, says to him: “Peter, don’t be afraid of your weakness, trust in Me.” Peter understands, he feels the loving gaze of Jesus and he weeps. How beautiful is the gaze of Jesus – how much tenderness is there! Brothers and sisters, let us never lose trust in the patience and mercy of God!Homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013
During the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis invites us to pray the Hail Holy Queen:
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail our sweetness and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us,
and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.