"Jesus Christ is the face of the Father's mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery if the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him." (Misericordiae Vultus, 1)
God's mercy is made most present to us in the flesh of his son, Jesus. When we see the face of Jesus, we see the face of the mercy of God the Father.
The 2 ways that we see God's mercy through the face of Christ
- The crucified Lord - This should move us and cause us to get down on our knees thanking God. We have to allow the crucifixion to have an effect on us.
- Once we have experienced mercy and been forgiven we bring it out and show the world. If we truly have an experience of mercy our lives ought to be changing.
Jesus Christ is the face of God's Mercy. We see him in the eucharist, in the mass, in the confessional, and in one another once we have seen that mercy. God wants to do miraculous things through us. He wants to reveal himself through us. God wants you and I to be the face of his mercy. However, the first step is experiencing the mercy of God and being transformed.
Let's pray that the world will encounter the mercy of the Father and that we will bring his mercy out into the world.