In December 2015 Pope Francis inaugurated a Jubilee of Mercy, to last until November 2016
But now, now - it is the Lord who speaks -
come back to me with all your heart,
fasting, weeping, mourning.
Let your hearts be broken not your garments torn,
turn to your God again,
for he is all tenderness and compassion,
slow to anger, rich in graciousness...
(Joel 2: 12-13, first reading for the Mass of Ash Wednesday)
With our eyes fixed on Jesus and his merciful gaze, we experience the love of the Most Holy Trinity.
The mission Jesus received from the Father was that of revealing the mystery of divine love in its fullness.
“God is love” (1 Jn 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 gratuitously.
The relationships he forms with the people who approach him manifest something entirely unique and unrepeatable.
The signs he works, especially in favour of sinners, the poor, the marginalised, the sick, and the suffering, are all meant to teach mercy.
Everything in him speaks of mercy.
Nothing in him is devoid of compassion.
(Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 8)
Detail from the Year of Mercy logo