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Advent Reflection: Bishop Kenney: Mercy is not a weakness - it's a sign of utter strength

14/12/2015 11:47 am

Bishop William Kenney, an auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Birmingham, focuses his Advent reflection on how mercy is a strength to be admired.

"Mercy is being generous beyond the call of justice. It means I am willing to give up some of the things that justice demands of me in order to be merciful to help other people even more.

"To be merciful is to be generous to refugees. I returned some weeks ago from the Sudan where there are millions of refugees and it makes the numbers coming into Europe look quite small. And yet people are merciful to them - they are doing what they can to take care of them.

"That means you give not just of your surplus but of what you actually need. On a recent Sunday we read the Gospel about the widow throwing everything she had - the one penny - into the treasury of the temple. She gave al that she had. That is mercy, that is being generous, not just giving what I feel I can afford but giving what the other person needs.

"...So why should I be merciful? Because only then will I see the face of God."

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The Year of Mercy, given to us by Pope Francis, presents the ideal opportunity to focus on God's mercy and forgiveness.

To mark this, many of the Bishops of England and Wales have recorded special reflections for Advent. One podcast reflection will be uploaded every day throughout the season.

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