Monday, June 5, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 309

309.  It is providential that these reflections take place in the context of a Holy Year devoted to mercy, because also in the variety of situations affecting families "the Church is commissioned to proclaim the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the mind and heart of every person.  The Bride of Christ must pattern her behaviour after the Son of God who goes out to everyone without exception".358  She knows that Jesus himself is the shepherd of the hundred, not just of the ninety-nine.  He loves them all.  On the basis of this realization, it will become possible for "the balm of mercy to reach everyone, believers and those far away, as a sign that the kingdom of God is already present in our midst".359

358  Bull Misericordiae Vultus (11 April 2015), 12: AAS 107 (2015): 407.
359  Ibid., 5: 402.