“So this is the invitation that I address to everyone: Let us accept the grace of Christ’s Resurrection! Let us be renewed by God’s mercy! Let us be loved by Jesus! Let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.
“And so we ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace. Yes, Christ is our peace, and through him we implore peace for all the world.”
Pope Francis on Easter Sunday 2013
As we begin the second week of the Easter Season (yes, Easter is more than one day!) Pope Francis’ words are an excellent reminder of the transforming power of God’s love and its availability in our everyday lives. One way we can know that love is through God’s mercy.
This is the role the sacraments play for us — they are signs of God’s mercy. God has already forgiven us. God doesn’t need sacraments to forgive. Rather, we need the sacraments to remind us of God’s forgiveness. …