|The quintessential Christmas man of mercy.|
[For the audio version of this homily, click here: Christmas 2015]
- I need to recognize what Jesus Christ did for me by coming into this world 2,000 years ago, and by suffering, dying and rising from the dead. In other words, I need to come to the recognition of what Jesus did to make mercy available to me.
- I also need to recognize the fact that I, personally, need mercy—that I’m not perfect—that I have things in my life that need to change.
- And, finally, I need to recognize the fact that I am capable of receiving mercy—that mercy is a possibility for me—regardless of what I’ve done. Now that’s a tough one for some people, who’ve managed to convince themselves that they’re beyond the reach of God’s forgiveness and mercy—even though they’re not.