♥ These 15 Minutes for Mercy
We ask ourselves, what footprints of Mercy has our group left behind for this special jubilee year of mercy?
If not much, then this is the time to start the process, to create our own footprints of mercy in 15 minutes.
✤ A beautiful prayer is...
"God, be merciful to me a sinner"

The Pharisee stood and prayed using many words. His was a prayer of thanksgiving to God, but in reality it was just a display of his own merits, with a sense of superiority over “other people”, whom he describes as “extortioners, unjust, adulterers...”. The real problem is that the Pharisee prays to God, but in truth he is just self-praising. He is praying to himself ! Instead of having the Lord before his eyes, he has a mirror !

Instead the tax collector – the other man – presents himself in the Temple with a humble and repentant spirit: “standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast”. His prayer was very brief, not long like that of the Pharisee: “God, be merciful to me a sinner”. Nothing more. A beautiful prayer !

Humility is the necessary condition to be raised by God, so as to experience the mercy that comes to fill our emptiness.

Give us new hearts O Lord !
✤ Read this passage from Luke 7:36-50
A Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him,
and he entered the Pharisee's house and reclined at table.
Now there was a sinful woman in the city
who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee.
Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment,
she stood behind him at his feet weeping
and began to bathe his feet with her tears.
Then she wiped them with her hair,
kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself,
"If this man were a prophet,
he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him,
that she is a sinner."
Jesus said to him in reply,
"Simon, I have something to say to you."
"Tell me, teacher," he said.
"Two people were in debt to a certain creditor;
one owed five hundred day's wages and the other owed fifty.
Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both.
Which of them will love him more?"
Simon said in reply,
"The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven."
He said to him, "You have judged rightly."

Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon,
"Do you see this woman?
When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet,
but she has bathed them with her tears
and wiped them with her hair.
You did not give me a kiss,
but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered.
You did not anoint my head with oil,
but she anointed my feet with ointment.
So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven
because she has shown great love.
But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little."
He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
The others at table said to themselves,
"Who is this who even forgives sins?"
But he said to the woman,
"Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

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