March

2016


Let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help
Hebrews 4:16
We all need the mercy of God. No one can enter into God's rest without his mercy. And we know that God's character is mercy itself. But how do we approach him to receive this mercy. Though we are sinners, we act as if we are not. As much as possible, we try to cover up our sins and behave as if we are holy or do whatever possible to keep our image of a "nice person" remain intact. To receive the mercy of God, St. Paul proposes a kind of boldness and confidence that a person should possess. Let us look back to our last month's reflection, where the sinful woman approached Jesus.She embodies the kind of boldness and confidence St. Paul is talking about.All the people in Simon's house knew what kind of a woman she was and she knew that they knew! She also was well aware what they would be thinking in their hearts and how they would be looking at her Most of all,She also was well aware what they would be thinking in their hearts and how they would be looking at her Most of all, she knew who Jesus was -as the throne of grace, the throne of holiness - God himself.In spite of all that she was within and without, she took much effort and great pains to be at Simon's house to see Jesus. But she was confident of one thing - that she would receive mercy. And she came boldly to meet Jesus! She was not afraid of anybody or anything when it came to meeting Jesus. And look at what Jesus did to her - not only did he defend her and her actions - but forgave her many sins (Luke 7:47).What joy she would have experienced then and how fruitfully she would have lived her life thereafter! Today we are called to approach the throne of grace, Jesus himself, with the same kind of boldness and confidence that the sinful woman had. Our sins may be many -probably bigger - than the woman's sins. We may have tried all sorts of things to cover up our sinful habits to appear nice among people. God is calling us ever so lovingly to come to him. So, with a humble heart, let us take a firm decision to approach the throne of grace. With all confidence in the unfailing and unending mercy of God, let us receive his grace that is sufficient for all our needs.There is no one or nothing to stop us from receiving his mercy and grace, except our own doubts. This is our challenge now - boldly approach the throne of grace -Jesus - and experience the transformation he brings into our lives
What a sweet joy it is to think that God is Just, i.e. ... He is perfectly aware of our fragile nature. What should I fear then?
St. Therese of Lisieux
How do you abide in the presence of the Lord? When you visit the Lord, when you look at the tabernacle, what do you do? Without speaking......"But I speak, I talk, I think, I meditate, I listen..." Very good! But do you let yourself be looked at by the Lord? Letting ourselves be gazed upon by the Lord. He looks at us and this is itself a way of praying. Do you yourselves be gazed upon by the Lord? But how do you do this? You look at the tabernacle and you let yourselves be looked at...it is simple!
Pope Francis, September 27, 2013 (to participants in the International Congress on Catechesis)
Pray for the living and the dead; Visit the imprisoned. In all our challenges we are called to celebrate and experience the Divine Mercy of God - the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. The Lenten season is a time of prayer, fasting and works of charity to contemplate more on our Lord's passion. Living moments of intense prayer, listening to and meditating on the word of God, praying psalms of mercy, office of the hours etc, let's strive to approach this throne of grace.The prayer and fast the Lord has chosen is to loosen the bonds of the wicked and to free the oppressed. With constant efforts, let's try to be close to the oppressed - being a presence of help and support to them and to those who are deprived of freedom and basic rights in our society; supporting their families, let's be the witnesses of His unending mercy. Mother Mary, Mother of our Saviour, pray for us. Hail Mary...