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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Divine Mercy Sunday

The Pope wrote a rather long Bull to announce the official institution of a Jubilee year of Mercy. It is fitting to announce it today as it is "Divine Mercy Sunday" - the Jubilee begins December 8 and ends on the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday in November.

I was struck by the Collect for today's Liturgy:
God of everlasting mercy,
who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast
kindle the faith of the people you have made your own,
increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand
in what font they have been washed,
by whose Spirit they have been reborn,
by whose Blood they have been redeemed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

That collect is full of theology and worth reflecting on today.
I also love the first reading: the "community of believers was of one heart and mind" and then we have Thomas making his act of faith in exclaiming, "My Lord and My God!" and I suspect many of us were taught to do the same at the elevation of the consecrated Host and then with the consecrated Wine. I will share more about the Jubilee later this week.

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