May 29, 2016 – A View from the Rectory Window

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I want to wish each one of you a happy Memorial Day.   As a nation we recall the sacrifice of so many.  But is it enough to just remember the sacrifice?

As a Church, I hope it is not lost to us that this Memorial Day also falls within this year’s Feast of Corpus Christi and within the Jubilee Year of Mercy.   On the Feast of the Body and Blood of Our Lord, we recall the words and sacrifice of Our Lord, “Do this in remembrance of me.”  Not only are we called to remember, but also to do something in response to so great a gift.

Consider that the Incarnation of the word of God, the Body of Christ for us, is indeed the Incarnation of God’s mercy.   This year, we are given a special grace to encounter the Mercy of God.  At the same time, we are not only given a special grace, but are called to be minsters of this grace.  As Our Holy Father has encouraged us, “Be merciful as your Heavenly Father is merciful.”

This Memorial Day I ask you to perform one Corporal or Spiritual work of Mercy:

Corporal Works of Mercy – feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead; Spiritual Works of Mercy – counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses, bear wrongs patiently, pray for the living and the dead.

Our Faith calls us to go beyond merely remembering.  To open your hearts to the mystery of God’s love.   Faith takes us beyond reason and understanding.  Beyond what we understand, we can in faith open our hearts to God’s mercy and ask for the strength and the courage to show mercy.   I invite you to center your corporal or spiritual work of mercy on the person rather than on the work itself.

In this way, may those sacrifices we recall this weekend, truly be honored.

Fr. Pete