Lent is a time when we, among other things, celebrate the unconditional and boundless mercy of God. This is evident throughout the season, but is probably epitomised for many in the parable of the Prodigal Son, which we will hear in a couple of weeks’ time.
Jesus presents the father in this parable as the merciful face of God the Father. At the same time, we can relate to the father as one like us, called to respond compassionately; even though our natural response may be more akin to that of the older brother.
Pope Francis has called us all during this Year of Mercy, not just to remember that Christ is the face of the merciful Father, but that all of us are called to be a face of mercy to the world. This will be something that we will continue to reflect on over the course of Lent and Easter.
Speaking of reflecting, many people have already noticed and commented on the mirror in the narthex, with the Diocesan Year of Mercy caption, Mercy Has a Face. Mercy still needs a face in our world today, perhaps more now than ever, but who does God call to be that face of his mercy? We guarantee that if you take a look in the mirror this Lent, you’ll find the answer.