WYD focuses on Mercy: who is Mercy?

‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ – in a few weeks, millions of young people will learn the depth of this verse. This is the theme of the upcoming World Youth Day 2016, and Pope Francis released a message about it: an absolutely amazing statement..

For the 31st World Youth Day, Pope Francis’ message focused on the theme, which came from the Beatitudes ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ (Matthew 5:7), he also noted that the event will take place within the context of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

He said that we are guided by the words of Jesus and that we should allow ourselves to be inspired with the Lord’s beatitude. Upon reading this, I knew the ‘saying’ would help me with my life in college.

It would be a guide and inspiration as I journey in my remaining days as a student overcoming the stressful school requirements like thesis, film making and TV productions.

Learning more about ‘mercy’ would help me conquer the stress and anxiety; understanding it deeper and reflecting with the Lord’s words would serve as my strength in difficult times.

Graphic by Gianne Martinez

Graphic by Gianne Martinez

Jubilee a time to reconcile
Pope Francis also discussed other several topics. Mentioning the involvement of the Jubilee year of mercy, he stressed that: Jubilee occurs every fifty years where people celebrate the Day of Atonement, a time for reconciliation for everyone where they had to renew their relations with God and their neighbors.

“Merciful like the Father,” is its Motto. Which is quite fittings with the concept of the 2016’s World Youth Day so the Pope explained the meaning of this verse.

He said that the Old Testament had used numerous terms when it speaks about mercy like “hesed” and “rahamim.” “Hesed” expresses God’s constant love to the people as He forgives them despite all of the sins that they have done, while “Rahamim” literally means “heartfelt mercy”.

The New Testament, on the other hand, states to us of divine mercy as a production of the work that Jesus came to accomplish in the world in the name of the Father.

The Lord gives mercy to anyone. He forgives and forgets the mistake His people had done. The Pope said that Jesus is Mercy himself.

Mercy is open to everybody! Despite every sin that we, people make, the Lord will forgive us and embrace us with His undying love. Pope Francis wants the youth to understand that the Lord will never abandon them and will always welcome them in His kingdom. (Written by: Gianne Martinez)


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