Christ’s wounds shower ‘mercy upon our misery’

Pope Francis stands before the image of Divine Mercy, April 8, 2018 (CNA/Daniel Ibanez)

At every Mass we adore and kiss Christ’s wounded and risen body in the Eucharist, a channel of his mercy, Pope Francis said yesterday, Divine Mercy Sunday. Source: CNA.

Offering Mass at the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, the Pope reflected on Jesus’ appearances to his disciples between his resurrection and his ascension, explaining that the disciples received the mercy of Jesus Christ through the gifts of his peace, forgiveness, and wounds.

“His wounds are open channels between him and us, shedding mercy upon our misery,” Francis said. “His wounds are the pathways that God has opened up for us to enter into his tender love and actually ‘touch’ who he is. Let us never again doubt his mercy.”

“In adoring and kissing his wounds, we come to realise that in his tender love all our weaknesses are accepted,” the Pope continued. “This happens at every Mass, where Jesus offers us his wounded and risen Body. We touch him and he touches our lives. He makes heaven come down to us. His radiant wounds dispel the darkness we carry within.”

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday together with several priests who were designated “Missionaries of Mercy” during the Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016.

Around 80 people were invited to attend the Pope’s Mass, including a group of inmates from three Rome prisons. Nurses from a nearby hospital were also present, as well as people with disabilities, a family of migrants from Argentina, and young refugees from Syria, Nigeria, and Egypt.


Pope Francis: Christ’s wounds shower ‘mercy upon our misery’ (By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA)

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