MANILA, April 13, 2015—Reflecting on what theologians dub “God’s greatest attribute,” a Catholic lay speaker has reminded those whose lives have been touched by God’s Mercy of their duty to share it with the underprivileged, especially in this Year of the Poor.
Proclaiming God’s Mercy
“Let us proclaim the Mercy of God by showing mercy to others. We must be the image of the Divine Mercy,” said Marwil N. Llasos during the monthly recollection of the Company of St. Dominic (CSD), on Sunday, “Feast of Divine Mercy,” held at Santa Catalina College in Legarda, Sampaloc, Manila.
“God is merciful. We should be merciful. We who obtained mercy must also show mercy to others,” he exclaimed.
In his lecture, the lawyer-preacher from Bicol told the audience that as Jesus Himself extended mercy to the “lost, the last, and the least” of His time, so too are today’s faithful called upon to do the same to their less fortunate neighbors.
Mercy in action
According to him, the Gospels abound in stories of Christ pitying the paralytic, the lepers, the lame, the possessed, the blind, the needy, the widows and orphans: those whom Pope Francis calls “people in the peripheries.”
“Look at the Gospels. Each time a person approached Jesus and exclaims to Him, ‘Lord, have mercy,’ has there been a time that that person was rebuffed? Has there been a time that Jesus did not show mercy to someone who is sick, to someone who is dying, to someone who is dead, to a widow, to an orphan?” Llasos asked.
To the peripheries
“These are the people we must go to, so that through us they will experience the Mercy of God,” he stressed.
Noting that the poor, the outcast, those in the margins cannot experience the Divine Mercy unless they experience it first in others, the lawyer-preacher challenged the faithful to be God’s Mercy to them.
He described the Son of God as no less than Mercy Incarnate Himself from whose Sacred Heart Blood and Water flow the Divine Mercy.
Llasos explained that by dying on the Cross, Jesus showed mankind how merciful God is.
“We must take advantage of the miracle of God’s Mercy. Because we all know that there is no misery that could be a match to the Mercy of God,” added. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)