Paul’s letter to the Colossians, today’s second reading, declares that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. The Son of God who became human perfectly mirrors for us in plain sight the invisible and ineffable God. We call this invisible God – Father.
Jesus through the parable in our Gospel reading mirrors to us who a neighbor really is. The Samaritan, a hated outsider in Jewish society goes out of his comfort zone, shows solicitude and empathy and compassion in an extraordinary way to the victim abandoned by the wayside. Jesus mirrors to us that the true neighbor is the one who treats the victim with mercy.
Jesus does not only mirror to us through this story that the neighbor is one who shows mercy. He also and actually mirrors to us, by his very life and death, what genuine mercy is all about. Jesus in his human-divine life mirrors to us what Paul had told us: when we were still sinners and very much in need of healing, God in Jesus had already loved and forgiven us. Even before we could ask for forgiveness, God in Jesus had already shown us mercy.
As mothers and fathers, who do you mirror to your children empathy and relationships with others? As a follower of Jesus, how do you mirror mercy to one in need? Let mirroring mercy in our daily life become our way of celebrating Pope Francis’ Jubilee of Mercy.