Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
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Braintree, MA 02184


Thomas Lyman
Coordinator of Divine Worship
Office: 617-746-5880

Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

The Works of Mercy

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?    
- Letter of Saint James, 2:15-16 

Pope Francis has said that mercy is the “fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life” (MV 2).  This Year of Mercy is an invitation for us to look sincerely into the eyes of those around us, to recognize their needs and to act accordingly.  
This Holy Year is a time for us to see with the eyes of mercy.  Pope Francis has often challenged us to overcome our indifference to the poor and to the suffering of those in our world.  In his Lenten message last year he said this indifference causes individuals and communities to withdraw into themselves, closing “the door through which God comes into the world and the world comes to him.”  This Year of Mercy offers the antidote to indifference by helping us to recognize the needs of those around us and to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.  When we see with the eyes of mercy, we open the doors of our hearts.  We are no longer indifferent, locked up in our own world.  But we open the doors so that God can come into the world where so many are longing to encounter his mercy.
The corporal works of mercy 
To feed the hungry; 
To give drink to the thirsty; 
To clothe the naked; 
To shelter the homeless; 
To visit the sick; 
To visit the imprisoned; 
To bury the dead. 

The spiritual works of mercy 
To instruct the ignorant; 
To counsel the doubtful; 
To admonish sinners; 
To bear wrongs patiently; 
To forgive offences willingly; 
To comfort the afflicted; 
To pray for the living and the dead.  
As we live out this Year of Mercy and do the works of mercy, let us remember the words of our Holy Father:  “Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life.  All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers; nothing in her preaching and in her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy.  The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love” (MV 10).  
Click here to learn how one parish in the Archdiocese of Boston is accepting the Holy Father’s challenge to live out the works of mercy.