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The Hour of Great Mercy

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The Hour of Great Mercy

THE BOWELS OF MERCY

The Breath of Life that Jesus breathes upon the Apostles after His resurrection is the power to forgive sins. Suddenly, the dream and directive given to St. Joseph comes into view:

…you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. (Matt 1:21)

This is why Jesus came: to bestow mercy upon fallen mankind. Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, prophesied that a new “day shall dawn upon us from on high” when God will give “salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins.” It will come, he says:

…through the tender mercy of our God. (Luke 1:78)

Or as the Latin translation reads “through the bowels of the mercy of our God.” [1] It means that Jesus has come to pour out from the very depths of God’s being a tenderness upon us that astonishes even the angels. The point of Christianity or the Church, then, is to bring every individual soul on the planet into an encounter with this Divine Mercy. For as St. Peter said in today’s first Mass reading, “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” [2]

continue: https://www.markmallett.com/blog/2019/04/26/the-hour-of-great-mercy/

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