Welcome to The Face of Mercy

The resource is entitled ‘The Face of Mercy’, for in the opening lines of the Papal document announcing the Year of Mercy we read: “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy…Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him” (Misericordiae Vultus no. 1). The Year of Mercy commences on the feast of the Immaculate Conception: December 8. […]

29 November 2015

First Sunday of Advent: Luke 21:25 – 28 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the […]

30 November 2015

Monday Week One of Advent: Feast of St Andrew the Apostle: Romans 10:12 – 15 The same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in […]

1 December 2015

Tuesday Week One of Advent: Luke 10:23 – 24 Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”  Reflection When it comes to our […]

2 December 2015

Wednesday Week One of Advent: Isaiah 25:6 – 8 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; […]

3 December 2015

Thursday Week One of Advent: Feast of St Francis Xavier: 1Corinthians 9: 19, 22 – 23 For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might […]

4 December 2015

Friday Week One of Advent: Matthew 9: 27 – 28 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Reflection In reminding […]

5 December 2015

Saturday Week One of Advent: Matthew 9:36 – 37, 10:7 – 8 When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples…As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received […]

6 December 2015

Sunday of Advent: Philippians 1:3 – 6  I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the […]

7 December 2015

Monday Week 2 of Advent: Isaiah 35:8 – 10 A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the […]