12 Nov 2016

13th November 2016 - Jubilee of Mercy - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary time Year C

On this weeks programme John and Lorraine reflect once more on the Jubilee of Mercy which closes Sunday week November 20th with the feast of Christ the King. We have our regular reflection on this weeks Sunday gospel as well as liturgical odds and ends.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.

Jubilee of Mercy

On this weeks programme, Lorraine takes us through a reflection on the Jubilee of Mercy which is in its final week. 

On April 11, 2015, right before First Vespers of the Vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, the Holy Father stood before the closed and sealed Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica and announced an historic event: an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. "Jesus Christ is the face of the Father's mercy," Pope Francis says in opening his papal bull Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy). In this light, "Merciful like the Father" is the motto he chose for the Jubilee Year. It comes from Luke 6:36, "Be merciful just as your Father is merciful." 

The extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy ran from Dec. 8, 2015, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, up until next week Nov. 20, 2016, the solemnity of Christ the King. By calling for the Jubilee Year, Pope Francis has underscored the signature message of his pontificate: mercy. 

Mercy is the Holy Father's answer to evil, following the teaching of St. John Paul II who, in his last book, Memory and Identity, wrote "[T]he limit imposed upon evil, of which man is both perpetrator and victim, is ultimately Divine Mercy."  Pope Francis explained, "Here, then, is the reason for the Jubilee: because this is the time for mercy. It is the favourable time to heal wounds, a time not to be weary of meeting all those who are waiting to see and to touch with their hands the signs of the closeness of God, a time to offer everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation.

You can listen to the podcast of this part of the programme excerpted HERE.

Previous posts from SS102fm on the Jubilee of Mercy are HERE.

Vatican Radio resources on Jubilee of Mercy HERE

Mercy in Action in Limerick

A special Year of Mercy celebration will take place in St John’s Cathedral on Sunday November 20th at 4.00 pm. A number of local and national organisations have agreed to be part of the story of the liturgy and it promises to be a reflective and meaningful experience for young and old alike.

Please spread the word so we have a full Cathedral with representatives from every parish to bring the works of Mercy to every home, parish, community and workplace across Limerick in a meaningful way.

Gospel - Luke 21: 5-19

The Prophecy of the Destruction of the Temple" by James Tissot. 
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: psalter week 1; 33rd week in ordinary time

Saints of the Week

November 14th - St Lawrence O'Toole
November 15th - St Albert the Great
November 16th - St Margaret of Scotland also St Gertrude
November 17th - St Elizabeth of Hungary
November 19th - Blessed James Benefatti

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