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Merciful like the Father

The following words accompany us during this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. “MERCIFUL LIKE THE FATHER” These beautiful words became the motto.

An excellent expression of Mercy is the picture of the Good Shepherd. The symbolism of the Good Shepherd is evident at first glance. This is the logo of the “Year of Mercy”.

Through this logo, Father Marko Rupnik, SJ, presents a small theological summa on the theme of mercy. The Good Shepherd, in His great mercy, takes humanity upon Himself. His eyes are merged with those of man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ. Each person discovers in Christ, the new Adam, one’s own humanity and the future that lies ahead, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father. The three concentric ovals, with colors progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ who carries humanity out of the night of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father who forgives all.

Realizing the mercy of the Father means to realize the missionary activity in the world to others: You put on yourself the Christ, so you should be like Him! Let us listen to Jesus’ command: “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful!” {Lk 6:36}.

Our Holy Father Francis, in his Papal Bull “Misericordiae Vultus” gave the impression that the future will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God. May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst! {cf. Misericordiae Vultus, 5}

In the parables devoted to mercy, Jesus reveals the nature of God as that of a Father who never gives up until he has forgiven the wrong and overcome rejection with compassion and mercy. Particularly, close to us, is the parable of the father with two sons. {cf. Lk 15:1-32}.

This parable contains a profound teaching for all of us. Jesus affirms that mercy is not only an action of the Father, it becomes a criterion for ascertaining who his true children are.

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