A Mission Moment: Jesus Is the Face of the Father’s Mercy

By Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J.

During Lent the Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., assistant to the president for mission integration, will share prayers and other reflections related to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Pondering these Stations of the Cross we have the opportunity to pray for the people of God suffering throughout the world.

stations of the cross 2016-shorten version_Page_01Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Francis writes, is the “face” of the Father’s mercy. He reveals the mercy of God by his words, his actions and through his redemptive suffering. We see the faces of Christ mirrored in the suffering of people who are denied their dignity.

Mercy is the “beating heart of the Gospel.” We are called to live out the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

Pray a special, shorter version of the Stations of the Cross here.

Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Find more reflections from Fr. Brown posted throughout Lent here.

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