Power — Mercy — Transformation

A few weeks ago, on July 24th, while on vacation in northern Italy, Pope Benedict gave a homily at Vespers that is surely worthy of some lectio divina.

Following is the concluding Vespers prayer that was the subject of his homily:

Almighty and merciful God, by your will Christ your Son suffered for the salvation of the whole world.  Grant that your people may offer themselves as a living sacrifice to you and be filled to overflowing with your love.

The entire homily is well worth reading, but here are a few notable quotes:

…so that we can knock with greater force on the heart of God.

If the fundamental relationship with God is not living, is not lived, then no other relationship can find its right form.

A Roman prayer, connected with the text of the Book of Wisdom, says: “O God, show your omnipotence through pardon and mercy”. The summit of God’s power is mercy, pardon.

God, through his Son, suffered first, and he is close to us in our suffering.

To forgive is not to ignore, but to transform.

We ourselves, with our whole being, must be adoration and sacrifice, and by transforming our world, give it back to God. The role of the priesthood is to consecrate the world so that it may become a living host, a liturgy: so that the liturgy may not be something alongside the reality of the world, but that the world itself shall become a living host, a liturgy.

It certainly appears that our Holy Father’s broken wrist didn’t hinder his homiletic abilities.

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One Comment on “Power — Mercy — Transformation”

  1. Christian Says:

    “If the fundamental relationship with God is not living, is not lived, then no other relationship can find its right form.”

    Thanks Walt


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