02/28/2016 Pastor’s Message

March 8th, 2016 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2016

From the Desk of Fr. Dennis

 

February 28, 2016

 

Mercifying

 

Our Holy Father Pope Francis coined this word to represent much of what he calls for in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.  It is at once a verb, a gerund, and a noun.  When one experiences the overflowing, inexhaustible MERCY of God, perfectly expressed in Jesus Christ His Son, he/she is renewed; when one practices MERCY, one is revived in the image of Mercy Himself, Jesus Christ.

 

Think of the image of a tsunami, the hugest of tidal waves, washing over you.  There is no part of life which is exempt.  That is “mercifying,” the fullest experience of God’s mercy.  God’s Mercy is inexhaustible, God’s Mercy is all-encompassing.

 

Our response is then to mercify, to practice Mercy toward others.  You may remember the parable of the ungrateful servant, the one who owed a huge debt to his master and begged the master to forgive him his debt.  The master relented, and forgave the amount owed.  That servant promptly went out and refused to cancel the debt of another servant toward him who owed him a mere pittance.  The other servants were so upset by this they went to the master and tell him about the servant’s egregious conduct.  The master called him back in and said ‘Should you not have forgiven your fellow servant who owed you, as I did with you?’  He ordered him thrown into prison until he could pay back his debt.

It is an extreme example, with a twist, a parable which pierces to the heart.

I want to thank all who participated in last week’s Parish Mission.  I am grateful to Father Joseph Keough who was the co-presenter with me, the Deacons, Allan D. our organist, and all the greeters and ushers (members of the Parish Council and the Knights of Columbus).  Most of all I thank all those who attended, especially our young people in grades 6 through 10.

Many spiritual blessings were experienced by all.  Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow.

With gratitude,

 

Reverend Dennis J. Vincenzo

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