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Liturgical day: Friday 27th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 11,15-26): As Jesus was casting out a devil some of the people said, «He drives out demons by the power of Beelzebul, the chief of the demons». So others wanted to put him to the test by asking him for a heavenly sign (…).

Powerful and merciful God

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Pope Francis)
(Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, Jesus, full of patience, reveals God’s omnipotence. “It is proper to God to exercise mercy, and he manifests his omnipotence particularly in this way”: these Saint Thomas Aquinas’ words show that God’s mercy, rather than a sign of weakness, is the mark of his omnipotence. For this reason the liturgy, in one of its most ancient collects, has us pray: “O God, who reveal your power above all in your mercy and forgiveness…”.

God will always be the One who is present, close, provident, holy, and merciful. “Patient and merciful.” These words often go together in the Old Testament to describe God’s nature. With our eyes fixed on Jesus and his merciful gaze, we experience the love of the Most Holy Trinity. The mission Jesus received from the Father was that of revealing the mystery of divine love in its fullness. “God is love” (1Jn 4:8,16), John affirms for the first and only time in all of Holy Scripture.

—This love has now been made visible and tangible in Jesus’ entire life.