Category Archives: Year of Mercy

Year of Mercy: Mercy Demonstrated

No parable is better known than the story of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), and it is a parable about mercy (v. 37).  The one-word for mercy in this parable is ‘neighborliness.’ Jesus cuts through theological jargon and religious complexity … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Extravagant Love

In addition to the two parables that Pope Francis cites in his writing, a supplemental resource entitled ‘Parables of Mercy’ (published by Our Sunday Visitor) explores five more.  Today, we look at Luke 7:36-50, the story Jesus told to explain … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Mercy It Forward

The second parable that Pope Francis references is Matthew 18:21-35, a story Jesus used to answer Peter’s question, “How many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me?” The parable has some enigmatic nuances, but the … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Mercy and Grace

The third parable (Luke 15:11-32) is usually called the parable of the prodigal son, but like the previous  two parables, it is a story about God: “a man had two sons.”  How God related to each one is the point … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Mercy and Value

The second parable of mercy is Luke 15:8-10, the searching woman.  Interpretations abound, but the one I want to focus on is that whereas the sheep wandered away, the coins were lost through no fault of their own. Who knows … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Parables of Mercy

In addition to the psalms, Pope Francis also references three parables in 15:1-32 and one in Matthew 18:22-35.  A supplementary resource (see below) expands a look at these parables of mercy by adding five more for study.  In the coming … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Remember Mercy

Pope Francis ends his document with Psalm 25:6.  It may seem a strange way to bring his writing to a close, given all he said about mercy and its being integral to God’s nature.  Why ask God to remember something … Continue reading

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