Tomorrow, on December 8, The Year of Mercy will begin. This is a special year of Jubilee when we recognize, accept, celebrate and share the holy and unlimited Mercy of Jesus.
You may see this image of the Divine Mercy in one or another forms. It is very beautiful and tells the story of the mercy of Jesus. When he hung on the cross His loving heart was pierced with a lance. Blood and water flowed out. The red ray symbolizes the blood of Jesus. The white ray symbolizes the water of salvation.
The water of salvation is baptism - when we become a new child of God. The blood, Christ's blood, is the life of our soul - alive in Christ because he gave his blood for us. We are alive, we are
saved because Jesus took upon himself all the sins of the world - ours included. Because of his death and resurrection, we can live forever. This is the great, amazing, beautiful love of God. This is mercy. By ourselves we cannot ever earn or win salvation or forgiveness of our sins. Only Jesus makes it possible.
Jesus loves you with all his heart and soul, and by his blood he saved you. You are precious to God! In this year we soak up the love and mercy of Jesus and share it with others. Have you sinned? Jesus will forgive you. Have you been away from God? He wants you back. Do you feel you have failed in your Christian life? You can ALWAYS start again!
Go to confession, the Sacrament of Mercy. Receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist - his life will come into you, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. His food from Heaven will give you strength and joy. Are you sick? Ask God for healing. Ask for the Sacrament of Annointing. This is the Year of Mercy. Expect miracles!
Most of all, share the Mercy of Jesus with someone else. A neighbor, a friend, a co-worker. Be bold. Be unafraid. Jesus loves you and will give you the grace to share his love and mercy with others.
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I am a Catholic wife, mom and grandma. In 1995, after Bible college and a few years as an Evangelical Missionary, I was received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. These are my personal musings on Scripture, prayer, and living close to Jesus.