The MFL Project Office’s Light for the Path resource of six reflective sessions for the Jubilee of Mercy continues this month with the release of Sessions 5: ‘You give them something to eat’ – the gaze of Mercy.
With our eyes fixed on Jesus and his merciful gaze, we experience the love of God (the Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit). The mission Jesus received from the Father was that of revealing the mystery of God’s love in all its fullness. “God is love” (I John 4:8,16) John affirms for the first and only time in all of Holy Scripture. This love has now been made visible and tangible in Jesus’ entire life. His person is nothing but love, a love given totally freely…. The signs he works … teach us mercy… Everything in him speaks of mercy. Nothing in him is devoid of compassion.
The resource has been produced by Caroline Dollard, the Project Office’s Family Catechesis Development Worker, to help families enter into this special time for the church, beginning at home. At the heart of each session is a Scripture passage from one of the texts referred to by Pope Francis in his letter Misericordiae Vultus or ‘The Face of Mercy’. The session material helps us to reflect on what mercy means and how we live it in our daily lives. Light for the Path is designed for use in a relaxed, informal setting, with any combination of family people: parents, children, grandparents, uncles, sons, daughters, aunts, brothers, sisters and cousins.