About the Study
December 8, 2015 - the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - marked the start of an Extraordinary Year of Mercy, called by Pope Francis that we might “gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives.”
Here at the Heart of Mary, we found it especially fitting, then, that we had already chosen to study the book of Jonah. While Jonah runs, God pursues. And in the wake of this “reluctant prophet” we see again and again, God’s mercy.
God’s mercy to the Ninevites. God’s mercy to Jonah. God’s mercy to the sailors. And God’s mercy toward us.
Mercy is, according to Bishop Robert Barron, “what love looks like when it turns toward the sinner...To speak of mercy is to be intensely aware of sin and its peculiar form of destructiveness.”
Jonah then, is certainly a story of mercy. It’s God’s mercy to the sinner, God’s mercy to us, and also our mercy towards others. Let’s take the next two weeks to look at Jonah and contemplate the mastery of mercy.
Join us? Starts Monday, January 11th.