Yesterday, on the Feast of Christ the King, marked the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. It makes me a little sad but it also has caused me to meditate on what I have learned during this year and how I can continue working at being a servant of mercy. After all, mercy never ends.
One night recently, I had a dream of a dirty scale or film being peeled off one eye. As I looked at it, I thought about how gross it looked. After it came off, everything became clearer for me to see.
It symbolized for me how this year of mercy has opened up a new way of seeing and relating to others. I hope I am more open-minded and am quicker to spot the plank in my own eyes rather than the speck in others. Pope Francis’s example, especially during this Year of Mercy, has helped me view people with more mercy and compassion. It has been a good kick in the pants for me.
So many graces have been poured down upon us and on the whole world. However, this Jubilee Year was useless if we think, “OK, that’s over.” Rather, do we embrace its message of making mercy a way of life, beginning in our families and extending to others?
So let’s examine our conscience over the last 11 months and ask ourselves some questions. When you have time, start by closing your eyes and call on the Holy Spirit…then…
- Start by thanking God for this Jubilee Year of Mercy and for all its graces.
- Think of some of the times mercy was shown to you by God.
- Think of when mercy was shown to you by other people.
- When did I show mercy to others?
- How did I do on some of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy?
- How can I improve?
End with a prayer.
I saw this short video on the close of the year of mercy by Cardinal Joseph Tobin (who is one of our new cardinals) that I thought was good. Maybe you would like to see it.
Viva Cristo Rey!
Mary Ann / Mother Hen