From the Word of the Day
I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live by loving the Lord, your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land which the Lord swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to them. (Deuteronomy 30: 19-20)
This Word of Lent is helping us to keep focused on what we have to live, and to express our faith. It speaks of the works of mercy in a renewed way, not as gestures given by benefactors, secure in their truth and goodness. For the Pope, the works of mercy are journeys of seeking life and choosing it. It is not done for publicity, but done for the sick, for the imprisoned, for those who have suffered violence. We go to find life because, if not, we die. We go to share suffering, need, so that life may be abundant for everyone.
Let us ask ourselves if we choose life when we define as pathological the expressions of growth of the young people, or we deny them work, and a future with our desire to never become old, or we react with annoyance at the presence of immigrants in our area. We also may avoid certain zones considered unsafe. This can also happen in parishes, oratories, schools that become exclusive as a form of protection and safety.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I beg You Lord to be my Guide as I travel through Lent that I may gradually see with Your eyes and speak with Your words.
Lord, have mercy on us! Restore us to a charity that transforms through loving, sharing, suffering.
The Voice of Pope Francis
Thus, my wish is that “the Christian people may reflect during this Jubilee on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. This will be a way to reawaken our conscience so often dulled by the dramas of poverty, that we may enter ever more deeply into the heart of the Gospel, where the poor are the privileged ones of Divine Mercy.