Homily: God’s Mercy in the Sacrament

“The eyes of all look hopefully to you, and you give them their food at the right time.” (Psalm 145:15, New Catholic Bible)

In Psalm 145:14-21, we encounter an immense expression of God’s divine providence and compassion, reflecting the Catholic understanding of our loving and merciful Creator. We firmly believe in the Lord’s unwavering support for His children, especially those who stumble in their journey of faith. God tenderly lifts up the bowed down, providing strength and solace to those who turn to Him in their weakness.

In these verses, we read the eyes of all creatures look hopefully to God, recognising that every good thing comes from Him. We understand that the Lord is not only the sustainer of all life but also the source of our spiritual nourishment. Our Lord feeds us with His Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist, the divine food that nurtures our souls and strengthens our union with Him.

In His infinite love, God extends His mercy to those who seek Him with sincerity, granting forgiveness and redemption to repentant hearts. We embrace the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a powerful means of encountering God’s mercy and receiving His loving embrace. We believe that God listens to the cries of His faithful and answers their prayers according to His divine wisdom and providence. We find comfort in the nearness of the Lord, who remains accessible to all who call upon Him in prayer. The desires of those who fear Him are fulfilled according to His divine plan, and God watches over those who love Him, guiding and protecting them on their earthly pilgrimage.

Through the Sacraments, prayer, and a life of virtuous love, we strive to draw closer to God and to become witnesses of His boundless grace and mercy in the world.

The Lord supports all those who are falling
     and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look hopefully to you,
     and you give them their food at the right time.
You open your hand
     and satisfy the needs of every living creature.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
     and merciful in everything he does.
The Lord is near to all who call out to him,
     to all who call out to him sincerely.
He satisfies the desires of all who fear him;
     he hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord watches over all who love him,
     but he will completely destroy all the wicked.
May my mouth declare the praise of the Lord,
     and may every creature bless his holy name
     forever and ever.

May God bless you +

Fr. Charles