21 May 2020

Fr Kevin Alban continues his reflection on Mercy in this the third part. The first part was published on Tuesday, the second part on Wednesday.

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us....And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:35-38

Saint Paul teaches us that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (see above).

Jesus Christ is the tangible proof of God’s mercy and forgiveness. He is the bond between God and humanity which is seen in His death and resurrection. This bond was not destroyed by death but made even stronger by the offer of new life.

Jesus is the visible manifestation of forgiveness in the sense of God’s continual offer of life and reconciliation.

The death and resurrection are ongoing events in the life of the Church – they are the life of the Church.

You forgive sins through the ministry of reconciliation.

Let us pray…

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others.

        Saint Teresa of Calcutta