There were many young people who traveled to Poland this weekend. They were attending the World Youth Day. In Holy Year of Mercy, it was an opportunity for all to visit the home country of Saint John Paul II and St. Faustina. In his homily to the young people, Pope Francis said: Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Mercy means forgiveness, sympathy, and self-giving to others. Being merciful, brings happiness to others.
In the Gospel of Luke, we have a parable of the rich man with a bountiful harvest. He seeks material things such as success, power, and money. And you? What are you seeking? Do you seek happiness? God wants all of us to be happy, and one way to be happy, is to follow the moral laws of God, in fact, it is the only key to happiness. People who sin are not as happy as people who follow the will of God. This is clear, when you consider the person who has completely given themselves to virtue and the person who has completely given themselves to sin. The former is aflame with love; the latter is mired in addiction and darkness. Truly the person who follows the will of God will one day be with Him in heaven.
Living in this world today, we sometime resist reflecting seriously on how we are living our lives. Today is a time to ask, “Where am I going in life?" or, "Where is my life going?” As one man told me some time ago, “My work and my worries seems to take over my life.” I answered him with something an old man said to me: “The Lord leads, but the devil drives.” If we feel driven by outside pressures and forces that over take our lives, that is often a clear sign that we are in need of seeking the Mercy and love of Jesus. When we lose our bearings, the Lord will show us the way. He also gives us the strength for the struggle if we turn to him in prayer, listen to the Word of God and partake of the Sacraments.
Christ will show us the way to heal the wounds of our broken hearts. He desires to forgive us our sins and bring us to live with him in heaven. We are living happy lives, if we are humble, if we show forgiveness, and be of service to others. On our part, we must be willing to admit our faults and face our sins. The sacrament of confession and prayer help our hearts to receive God’s healing grace. In summary, you and I are called to pray a little more and help those in need.