We Pray to be Merciful like the Father
God desires to give everyone his mercy, and this Eucharistic Procession will bring his mercy to a place of great sorrow, confusion and pain.
When Jesus tells us, “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice. For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’” (Mt. 9:13), he is saying that mercy begins with acknowledging our own sinfulness and then allowing his forgiveness and healing to touch our misery. Anyone who is involved with an abortion or is impacted by the loss of a child to abortion knows that painful circumstances lead people through the doors of Planned Parenthood. It is this same misery which drew the Lord down from Heaven to become the “Incarnation of Mercy.” It is this same misery which moves his Sacred Heart to transform the wounds in our hearts into places of blessing and truth. Mercy is our goal and this is Christ’s mission statement:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
We Are a People of Hope. The Church’s deepest identity is preaching good news to the poor (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 14). Communicating hope is at the heart of evangelization and the transformation of our culture. We march with Jesus, our Hope, along with his vicar and chosen Apostle, Archbishop Aquila, to be beacons of hope in a place of despair.
“The People who Sat in Darkness have Seen a Great Light” (Mt. 4:16). Jesus begins his missionary journey by going to the lost tribes of Israel. Today, many of our own, as well as many who are not Catholic, are lost and sit in darkness. Their darkness is both moral and intellectual. The Eucharistic Procession provides an opportunity to bring the light of Christ into the darkness. We pray so that people will know the truth, and that the truth as Jesus told us, will set them free (John 8:32).
You Can’t be Salt and Leaven if You’re Not in the Recipe! Two Christian realities are at play here. First the Lord says, “You are the salt of the earth.” In other words, we bring flavor to life and to the world. He goes on to say, however, “but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men” (Mt. 5:13). The reality of becoming tasteless salt is a very real one for Christians and needs to be taken seriously if we are trying to change the culture.
We must remember that it is the Holy Spirit who makes us the salt of the earth and our flavor is found in the fruits he produces in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). These are the qualities that should be seen in our efforts to defend the unborn, reach out to those considering abortion, and those who work at abortion clinics.
Remember what St. Paul teaches, “For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). In order to fight the right fight, let us beg the Holy Spirit to produce his fruits in us, so that we can bring the mercy of God the Father to others and lead them to his healing love.