Merciful like the Father. In mercy, we find proof of how God loves us. He gives his entire self, always, freely, asking nothing in return.
Pilgrimage represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim traveling along the road, making his way to the desired destination. Mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. Conversion will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.
Bring to the fore the richness of Jesus’ mission: a word and gesture of consolation to the poor, to proclaim liberty to those bound by new forms of slavery in modern society, to restore sight to those who can see no more because they are caught up in themselves, to restore dignity to all those from whom it has been robbed.
Jesus received from the Father was that of revealing the mystery of divine love in its fullness. Jesus is nothing but a love given gratuitously. The signs he works are all means to teach mercy. Nothing in him is devoid of compassion.
~ Pope Francis