With the 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy now officially opened by Pope Francis, the 30 million pilgrims expected at St. Peter’s in Rome this year are starting to arrive. For those of us not quite so lucky, it’s an invitation to begin sowing seeds of mercy in our own little neighborhoods and circles of acquaintance. As citizens, parents, laborers, students, and people of every profession of life, “we have to put mercy before judgment,” said the Pope, and “commit to making our own the mercy of the Good Samaritan.”
Because we have known God’s abundant mercy, we are compelled to pass it on. Our preparations for Christmas, our very lives, must be infused with this great-hearted love of God that shows itself in patience, forgiveness, and yes, mercy. The more we sow these seeds, the more our world will truly be changed.
God will give rain for the seed that you sow. (Isaiah 30)