22 June 2016 - Fr Michael Sullivan, LC

Mercy Me

Fr Michael Sullivan, LC 26 May 2016 St Mary's Catholic Center College Station, Texas.

st. Peter in his letter of today says

that God has called us out of darkness into his wonderful light and that's exactly what happens in the gospel not only figuratively but even literally Peter adds once you were no people you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy the blind man begged for mercy Jesus son of David have pity on me and when they rebuked him telling him to be silent he called out all the more and obtained mercy but you have to ask to get it and it's ironic and almost humorous to have Jesus asked him what he wants this guy's blind he's in the middle of the road he can't see Jesus asks him what do you want me to do for you well let me give you three guesses I'm completely blind but Jesus wants us to ask because it's a relationship of love one of my great mentors once taught me Jesus needs to hear it and you need to say ignored I love you Mark's passage is right before the passion the very next thing that takes place is Jesus and he's on the road from Jericho to Jerusalem an entirely uphill a client from the Dead Sea to the Mount of Calvary and on so Jesus is on the way to the cross his own self offering where this takes place and the blind man and

the very last word of the passage is invited him to join and offer himself as a follower and that's exactly what Peter calls us to do when he says be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ so what's going on there's a movement here at three-fold movement from adoration to healing to offering and that's what goes on during every man we start the mass asking lord have mercy then the words of the gospel wipe away our sins and enlighten us with healing and we enter into Christ's offering one theologian Cardinal van hua a Jesuit in Rome thinks that this text of st. Peter is the central text in the Bible of the priesthood of the entire church because priesthood is not limited to a priest or a bishop but is the very life of the church which the ministerial priesthood of presbytery and bishops overseers is at the service so bringing all of Christ's faithful into the priesthood I think we need to pray for our bishops because that's their job to bring all of us into the movement of Christ's offering that they might receive and give us priestly mercy enlightenment and offering one of the prayers as a man

becomes a bishop goes like this father you know all hearts you have chosen your servant for the office of Bishop may he be a shepherd to your holy flock and a high priest blameless in your sight ministering to you night and day may he be pleasing to you by his gentleness and purity of heart presenting a fragrant offering to you mayor life parallel every Eucharist every Thanksgiving by are asking for the mercy to be brought out of our darkness into his wonderful light

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