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1 JESUS CHRIST THE FACE OF THE FATHER S MERCY

2 MERCY RECONCILIATION EVENING TWO: WELCOME JESUS CHRIST THE FACE OF THE FATHER S MERCY HYMN Heart of Jesus, Heart of Mercy I will take you from the nations, and gather you from the world; I will bring you into your own land, and you shall be my people, And I will be your God, and in mercy my love will hold the world. Give us new hearts, O Lord. Give us new hearts, O Lord. Give us hearts of flesh, remove our hearts of stone. Through your Spirit, deep within us, we become your loving face And our grasping hands will open in compassion, and our frowning eyes will widen to see and know again all the beauty in every human heart. Heart of Jesus, heart of mercy, loving face of God revealed. You proclaimed the word not sacrifice, but mercy. For in you we see the Father, who longs for our return, Ever faithful his covenant of love. Michael Herry fms Opening prayer (all) Almighty God, You are the Father of us all. You created the human family together to dwell for ever with you and to praise your glory. Open our ears to hear your voice so that we may return to you with sincere repentance for our sins. Teach us to see in you our loving Father, full of compassion for all who call to you for help. We know that you punish us only to set us free from evil and that you are ready to forgive us our sins. Restore your gift of salvation which alone brings true happiness, So that we may all return to our Father's house and share your table now and forever.

3 WORDS OF GATHERING Jesus Christ is the face of the Father s mercy Jesus Christ is the face of the Father s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him. The Father, rich in mercy (Eph 2:4), after having revealed his name to Moses as a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Ex34:6), has never ceased to show, in various ways throughout history, his divine nature. In the fullness of time (Gal 4:4), when everything had been arranged according to his plan of salvation, he sent his only Son into the world, born of the Virgin Mary, to reveal his love for us in a definitive way. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father (cf. Jn 14:9). Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God. Misericodiae Vultus #1 LITURGY OF THE WORD Micha 6:6-8 Act justly and to love mercy With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

4 Psalm 50 Response: A broken, humbled heart, O Lord, you will not scorn. Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. In your compassion blot out my offence. O wash me more and more from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. R. A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me off from your presence, nor deprive me of your holy spirit. R. For in sacrifice you take no delight, burnt offering from me you would refuse, my sacrifice a contrite spirit. A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn. R. GOSPEL from LUKE 15: For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! Then Jesus said, There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me. So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and travelled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, How many of my father s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands. So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against

5 heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to his slaves, Quickly, bring out a robe the best one and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! And they began to celebrate. Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound. Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him! Then the father said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found. The gospel of the Lord

6 ACTION HOMILY QUIET REFLECTION Mantra music background. EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE Our God is a God of Mercy; slow to anger and full of patience. He is the father who welcomes his son when he returns from a distant country. Let us turn to him with trust in his goodness. By our misuse of your gifts, we have done wrong. By straying from you in mind and heart, we have done wrong By forgetting you love, we have done wrong. By neglecting our true good and the good of others, we have done wrong By failing to help our neighbour in their need, we have done wrong By being slow to forgive, we have done wrong By failing to remember your repeated forgiveness, we have done wrong. WE PRAY WITH CONTRITE HEARTS: Compassionate God, with all my heart I am sorry for my sinfulness. In choosing to do wrong, and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I love above all things. I have a deep desire to be true to you, my God, to be true to who I am, and to become my best self with your help. Our Saviour Jesus Christ gave his life for us. In his name, loving God, have mercy on us and bless us. SENDING: Let us now call upon our Father in the words that Jesus taught us, and ask him to forgive us our sins.

7 Our Father... SIGN OF PEACE The peace of the Lord be with you always R. And also with you Let us offer each other the sign of peace. CONCLUDING PRAYER God our Father, you chose us to be your children, to be holy in your sight and happy in your presence. Receive us as a loving Father so that we may share your joy and love, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. FINAL BLESSING May the God of peace fill your heart with every blessing you need. May God sustain you with gifts of hope and consolation. May God help you to offer your lives in service, and bring you safely to eternal life. May almighty God bless you and grant you all that is good, In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. INVITATION TO THE SACRAMENT - individual reconciliation RECESSIONAL HYMN HEART OF JESUS, HEART OF MERCY Be merciful, O Lord, Be merciful O Lord, Be merciful O lord for we have sinned. (17) You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts won t rest till they rest in Thee You have made us for yourself, O Lord, when will we see your face? (5) The mystery is this: Christ is among you, Christ your hope of glory. The mystery is this: Christ is among you! How rich the ways of God. (11)

8 Give us hearts renewed in love, O Lord. Turn us back to walk with you. Through your saving power redeem us. In your love our lives renew. (7) RECESSIONAL HYMN You know the way for me, you know the time. Into your hands I trustingly place mine. Your plan is perfect, born of perfect love. You know the way, your way is love. Michael Herry fms

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