On Sunday 20th November, the feast of Christ the King, the Church invites young people to be at the heart of our celebration of National Youth Sunday and the closing of the Year of Mercy.
What is Mercy?
Mercy is love in action. A merciful person meets people’s basic needs, heals wounds and forgives wrongdoing. God’s mercy is seen in the redeeming work of Jesus #HeisMercy. God loves us just as we are but he loves us too much to leave us where we are. He wants to reach into our lives, to free us from everything that hardens our hearts. His mercy enables us to reach the potential he has placed within us, which is why we pray ‘Lord have mercy.’
Every young person has something to say to others. He or she has something to say to adults, something to say to priests, sisters, bishops and even the pope. All of us need to listen to you!
Mercy Rips Through
In the gospel for National Youth Sunday, we see how God’s Mercy rips through the pain of the good thief as he sees Jesus for who he really is and asks: ‘remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ Imagine his surprise at Jesus’ response ‘today you will be with me in paradise.’ Jesus in that moment, there on the cross, takes on the past faults of the thief, dies in his place, so that the thief can join him in paradise.
The same mercy that the thief experienced is available to us. Here are some of the ways that we can receive this mercy.
Trust that the mercy Jesus brings is for everybody; no one is excluded.
Believe that Jesus knows what we most need and loves us enough to provide it.
Surrender all those hidden hurts and mistakes to Jesus.
Receive the forgiveness, healing and love Jesus offers, a glimpse of paradise that God͛s mercy reveals
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Acts Of Mercy
Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy
Jesus invites us to experience mercy by sharing it with others. The practical things we can do to help another person known as the corporal, or bodily acts of mercy and the ways in which we can help people with their faith are spiritual acts of mercy.
Celebrating Mercy Toolkit
The toolkit is available in the resources page is intended to assist those working with young people to engage and explore the elements of mercy described above.
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