We are, somewhat belatedly perhaps, addressing the year of Mercy. Pope Francis began the year in Bangui, Central African Republic, opening the Holy Door in the Cathedral there. But open any door or gate, open any book, and you could find something new, something beautiful, when you cross the threshold.
Are you going in to spend time in a friend’s house, or leaving home on a mission – even if it’s only to the shop for bread, you can be walking out, or walking in, for God, alongside him. Feeding the family may be your mission for today, either buying the daily bread or working to afford it. Out you go to your work, come back to your home, and remember he is at your side as he was with the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24). Open your gate, and let him in!
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. PS 24:7
Various members of our team will be writing about mercy in the next few weeks, but we start today with Pope Francis’s words as he threw open the Holy Door of Mercy at Bangui Cathedral.