“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated Christmas and New Year to remember the Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus. Now, as we enter the month of February, we shall prepare for the seasons of Lent and Easter. If you combine these two seasons together, it is a long season for our Church that emphasizes the great mercy of God who died and rose for us for the forgiveness of our sins and for our salvation.
This year for Lent and Easter, we shall focus on MERCY, which is precisely the Love of God in action. It is manifested through the very mission of Christ and our works of mercy. The Corporal Acts of Mercy and Spiritual Acts of Mercy are encouraged by the Church, that we may live by them and embrace them as a means of living a life of Christian discipleship. This Mission of Mercy is clear in Matthew 25:35-36. “ For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.’…”
For many of us, God’s mercy can be difficult to grasp. Without a better understanding of God’s mercy, it can be a struggle to understand how to live lives of mercy. Therefore, this Lent and Easter we will take the opportunity to know the depth, height and immensity of God’s mercy. I am inviting all parishioners to embark on a journey with me with a Lenten and Easter Study: Consoling the Heart of Jesus.
We will begin next week on February 16 and conclude the week of April 19, Divine Mercy Sunday.
In Consoling the Heart of Jesus, we will learn about God's infinite mercy and how we can give him joy, consoling his heart, by accepting his love and trusting in him completely. We'll discover how suffering can actually help us grow spiritually closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Each week, you will watch a video session (around 35 minutes each) at home with family, friends or your small group. You are encouraged to pray together and have a discussion.
How to Participate
1. Make sure you are registered for a free FORMED.org account. St Michael’s has paid for a parish-wide subscription, so that you can have unlimited access at no charge. Go to FORMED.org, click “I belong to a parish” and search for St Michael’s by zip code 94550.
2. See the study schedule and links here
3. Each week, watch the video session (around 35 minutes each) at home with family, friends or your small group. You are encouraged to pray together and have a discussion.
These holy seasons of penance and rejoicing convey to us that God’s Mercy is always available for us to purify us and sustain us towards our holiness and perfection. We are called to die to ourselves and deny things that hinder from loving God such as sin so that we may fully rejoice and live as True Apostles of Mercy, Children of Light and People of Easter. I will be praying for you during this 10-week journey. Please pray for me as well!
And may God richly bless you and your families.