As a missionary I often talk about God’s love and mercy. I believe it IS the message most needed in the Church today. Recently we attended a Theology of the Body training workshop and heard the voice of God wooing us and reminding us that we can only speak of His love and mercy in so far as we experience it ourselves have found it so easy to focus all my attention on my mission even identifying myself with this mission. My prayer time can become focused on asking God to help me DO more or DO it better help me STOP this action or other. I become focused on doing or not doing, on my mission.
We of course are all called to be examples and to work in His vineyard but God wants us to live in Him and allow Him to live in us. Remember why He sent His Son?
“…that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” But later He says, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” But this is not mere knowledge but a living reality. I have taken on the identity of Jesus as a know Him in faith. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
When I identify myself with what I DO or DON’T do instead of identifying with who I am, I easily get discouraged and lack the trust in God that brings true happiness.
When my identity is in my relationship with God I don’t need to measure up. I live in love with Him. I don’t need to go through a list of petitions or figure out every fault so I can ask Him to help me fix it. I need to live in love with Him, bask in His love. I don’t want to worry about whether I am good enough because that immediately tells me I am focused on DOING not on BEING. I AM a child of God and through Baptism I literally am IN His love. I AM His love. He will love others through me and He will love me. Is there anything holier than being the Love and Mercy of Jesus?
Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish. Pope Francis
 John 3:16
 John 17:3
 Gal 2:20
 JOHN 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
 Luke 1:45