Was there a good point (or two) in the sermon you heard for your Sunday “in albis” obligation?
I think we could all benefit from points that are not mere clichés about “mercy”.
Today is called, in the new-fangled Novus Ordo, “Divine Mercy” Sunday. That’s fine. However, this Sunday which completes the Octave of Easter, has a long tradition of being things other than “Divine Mercy” Sunday.
While this is admittedly the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are not in this Year limited to talking only about mercy.
I have a Mass later in the afternoon – Extraordinary Form. Just as a reminder, this Sunday is not called “Divine Mercy” in the older, traditional form.
“But Father! But Father!”, some of you are warbling, “You HAVE TO talk about mercy! It’s … it’s… what Pope Francis wants! And we always have to do everything the Pope wants!… er… unless it’s another Pope like that mean Benedict or John Paul and…. but… wait… John Paul started the … and… YOU HATE VATICAN II!”
I’ll work “mercy” together with other points, but that’s not where I am going to begin. Instead, I’ll begin with “peace”, as the Lord does when he appeared to the Apostles in the upper room.
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, To thee do we send up our sighs, Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.