Did you catch the last line in the second reading Sunday?
"For God delivered all to disobedience, that He might have mercy upon all." Romans 11:32
What hope we have been given...Thank You, Jesus! Praise You, Jesus!
I was reading Matthew 27 last evening (the sentencing of death and Crucifixion of Jesus) when I came upon verse 25 "And the whole people said in reply, 'His blood be upon us and upon our children.'" I thought of the line from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans from Sunday.
We, who are all guilty of the Passion, Crucifixion, and death of Jesus, are the very same ones for whom Jesus' obedience unto death purchased that mercy about which St. Paul writes. Eternity is not long enough to sing the praises of Jesus' Mercy and to thank Him.
This morning I was reading Isaiah Chapter 1. I came upon verses 16 and 18 to find a foretelling of Jesus' Mercy by the prophet. "Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord. Though your sins be like scarlet, they may be whiter than snow; Though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool." Is 1:18
Jesus' obedience and Sacrifice of Love has set everything right for us. All we need do is to follow the words of Isaiah. "Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good." Is 1:16. ...and to trust in the Mercy that Jesus desires to shower upon us.
In this year of St. Paul let us permit him to help us to trust in the Mercy of Jesus. Remember the line from scripture from Sunday's second reading. "For God delivered us all to disobedience, that He might have mercy upon all." Romans 11:32. This is our hope.
Let us all embrace with new and fearless fervor the beautiful gift of Confession where we will be washed anew in the river of Jesus' Mercy. The gift of Jesus' Mercy just flows and flows eternally for each and every soul who comes to Him and asks. Confession fills us with hope of heaven.
Jesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner, your least and weakest servant, whose mere existence magnifies Your unfathomable Mercy. Amen.
Mary's House is a symbol of the Heart of our Merciful Mother. Sr. Marie holds open the door and beckons. May she intercede for us as we bring our petitions for Mercy and Peace to Jesus through Mary, Mother of Mercy; our life, our sweetness, and our hope. We need the Mercy and Peace of Jesus in these times more than ever before. Sr. Marie is our powerful intercessor and she calls us all to the refuge of Mary's House; Her Merciful Heart; our hope. There we may peacefully rest in hopefilled trust in the Mercy of Jesus and never fear the judgement that is sure to come.
Sr. Marie, pray for us.
" I am not a priest and cannot bless them, but all that the heart of a mother can ask of God for her children, I ask of Him and will never cease to ask Him." ~ Sister Marie