Reflection by Father Stefan on Pope Francis, ‘Gospel of Joy’ Fidelity to the Gospel, lest we run in vain

Pope Francis writes, “Let us listen to what God’s word teaches about mercy, and allow that word to resound in the life of the Church. The Gospel tells us: ‘Blessed are the merciful, because they shall obtain mercy.'(Mt 5:7) The apostle James teaches that our mercy to others will vindicate us on the day of God’s judgment: ‘so speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgement is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy, yet mercy triumphs over judgment'(Jas 2:12-13)

This reminds me of what Jesus said to Saint Faustina, “Now is the time of Mercy. If you do not go through the door of my mercy you will have to go through the door of my justice.” 

Pope Francis quotes St Augustine, “If we were in peril from fire, we would certainly run to water in order to extinguish the fire…in the same way, if a spark of sin flares up from our straw, and we are troubled on that account, whenever we have an opportunity to perform a work of mercy, we should rejoice, as if a fountain opened before so that the fire might be extinguished.” 

Scripture says, “Almsgiving delivers from death, and it will purge away every sin.”(Tob 12:9) We read in Sirach: “Water extinguishes blazing fire: so almsgiving atones for sin.”

“Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.”(Mt 5:7) One author said, ” We ought not to expect from God what we are unwilling to give to another.”

Do we want to experience God’s Mercy, Love and Forgiveness? Let us be vessels of God’s Mercy, Love and Forgiveness.


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