You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.
Jubilee of Mercy
On 8th December 2015 in Rome, Pope Francis will open the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica inaugurating an extraordinary jubilee year dedicated to the mercy of God. The last jubilee year was the Great Jubilee in 2000 and the next one was scheduled for 2050 so this one is an extraordinary one.
Pope Francis reminds us that "we need to constantly to contemplate the mystery of God’s mercy; mercy the bridge that connects God and humanity, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness…..The mercy of God is his loving concern for each one of us. He feels responsible; that is, he desires our wellbeing and he wants to see us happy, full of joy and peaceful...As the Father loves, so do his children. Just as he is merciful, so we are called to be merciful to each other".
"It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy. Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples. Let us redis-cover these corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead. And let us not forget the spiritual works of mercy: to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offences, bear patiently those who do us ill, and pray for the living and the dead."
On this weeks programme Fr Noel Kirwin joins us to give a reflection on the mercy of God and what the Jubilee year will mean.
You can listen to the interview with Fr Noel excerpted from the main programme HERE.
Bishop Brendan will open the Holy Door of St John’s Cathedral on December 8th also and during the year there will be various events and celebrations to mark this Holy Year presenting each of us with an opportunity to reflect on and experience the mercy of God in our lives.
- NCR - 12 Major Initiatives for the Jubilee Year
- A Year of Mercy, and Some Surprises, Outlined by Vatican - What can we expect in the Jubilee Year? A lot, actually.
- What Pope Francis Means by Mercy - Bishop Robert Barron explores what mercy is ... and isn't
All previous posts about the Jubilee Year of Mercy from SS1012fm HERE.
Gospel - Lk 3:1-6
"In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
Reflections on this weeks gospel:
Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
WCCM - Reflection on the 2nd Sunday of Advent
Thinking Faith - Waiting for the King
Liturgical odds & ends
Liturgy of the Hours: psalter week 2; 2nd week of Advent
Saints of the Week
December 7th - St Ambrose
December 8th - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 9th - St Juan Diego
December 10th - Our Lady of Loreto
December 11th - St. Damasus I
December 12th - Our Lady of Guadalupe