This simple sketch tells the story of the tender work of a mother. Notice the exaggerated, strong shoulder that holds the baby. The strength of the mother is persistent and enduring. Her hand also suggests that she will do anything to hold on to her child, to care for the infant at her breast. Her featureless face opens us to find ourselves and our loved ones in need of such tender care, to place our own version of “mother” into this simple scene. She is the Church. She is Mary, a model of faith and Mother of Mercy. She is every mother. She is every person who lives the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
“Longing for Mercy” by: Ronald Patrick Raab, CSC
O God and Father of Mercy,
You invite us closer into the life of your Son, Jesus the Christ.
Jesus, The Bread of Life, shared food and wisdom with hungry crowds.
Jesus, The Good Shepherd ran after the lost, the leper and the lonely.
Jesus, The Healer, touched the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf.
Jesus, The Master, washed the filth from the feet of his disciples.
Jesus, The Prince of Peace, forgave the repentant thief on the cross.
Father of Love, do not abandon us.
For our lives are tender from our mistakes and misfortunes.
For our hearts are broken from fragile relationships.
For our questions are many about violence and war.
O God of Mercy,
Give us courage to offer compassion.
Show us how to listen patiently to people dissatisfied by sin.
Offer us consolation when we are discouraged by our mortality.
Help us offer water to the thirsty stranger and bread to the homeless family.
Help us hasten to the bedside of the ill child or the aging parent afraid of death.
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy,
Allow your Church to reveal the face of Jesus in our uncertain world.
Give us the joy of serving people in need.
Help us live in hope.
Melt away despair, mend our broken lives and give us peace.
And show us the way to our heavenly home.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, the Christ who lives and reigns forever and ever.
“Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you.” Mother of Mercy, pray for us