Feb 162016

“Why Are We Called To Preach Mercy?”

Episode CardIn this episode, we are going to continue talking about making disciples of the nations by explaining preaching as a major component of discipleship. We are also going to introduce mercy as the second work of the Church.

Our episode quote comes from Saint Pope John Paul II on mercy.


After listening to this podcast, you will be able to:

  • Tell the difference between preaching and teaching.
  • List most of the works of mercy.
  • Access resources to get the most out of the Year of Mercy.

Lumen Gentium Text

This text from Vatican II document Lumen Gentium is the basis for the content of this episode:

“The present-day conditions of the world add greater urgency to this work of the Church” §01 ¶01

Episode Quote

Episode Quote If you are not familiar with it, the image in the background is the Divine Mercy that was revealed to Saint Faustina Kowalska by Jesus.

What Does It Mean To Preach The Gospel

Preaching vs. Teaching

  • The Greek word kérussó in this passage can be translated to preacher, proclaimer, or herald.
  • Preaching is proclaiming, heralding and announcing news to people – the gospel – especially (but not exclusively) to those who haven’t heard it before.
  • The English teacher can be derived from the Greek didaché, which is someone who explains truths or doctrines.
  • While preachers proclaim in general terms, teacher explain the details. It might sound like a minor difference but they are two different gifts and skills.
  • Preaching reaches the heart to affect the mind. Teaching reaches the mind to affect the heart.
  • What do we preach and teach about?
    • The truths of the Gospels about forgiveness and salvation
    • The message the world really wants to hear about is mercy which brings us to the next work of the Church.

How To Become A Better Preacher

  • Saint Francis of Assisi DID NOT say or write “Preach the Gospel, use word if necessary” but it is still a powerful truth.
  • “You are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35In Greek
  • The Four Loves by CS Lewis
  • Agape is the Greek word that describes God’s unconditional love. It is the standard of love that we are called to love others. To be a disciple of Jesus, we MUST have agape for our fellow humans.
  • Steps to becoming a better preacher:
    • Spend time with Jesus at least every morning asking for direction.
    • At least read the daily reading; if you can do lecto divina with the reading, that would be better.
    • Pray the Rosary daily. I don’t have the habit yet so maybe that is something you and I can work on together. Praying the Divine Mercy chaplet would be excellent as well.
    • At the end of each day, review your day and ask for forgiveness when you failed.
    • Get to as many daily Masses as possible.
    • Study the Scriptures, live the Scriptures, and then preach the Scriptures with your life. Look to the saints for examples.


  • Misericordiae Vultus
  • Greek word for mercy is eleos which means to have pity.
  • English word mercy comes from the Latin merces, which means to reward what was earned.
  • Those in need of mercy have earned it from us. As Christians — disciples of Jesus Christ — we owe them the mercy they have earned because of their situation.
    • A hard concept for those of us with one foot in the world while trying to put the other in Heaven
  • Works of Mercy
    • Corporal
      • Corporal describes things of or related to the body. All but the last one comes from Matthew 25:31-45. We are called to perform these acts of mercy as if we giving mercy to Jesus Himself.
        • Feed the hungry
        • Give drink to the thirsty
        • Clothe the naked
        • Shelter the homeless
        • Visit the sick
        • Visit the imprisoned
        • Bury the dead (comes from Tobit 1:17)
    • Spiritual
      • These come Scripture (mostly the letters of Saint Paul) and the traditional actions of the Church. These are to be done in addition to the corporal works of mercy.
        • Instruct the ignorant
        • Counsel the doubtful
        • Admonish sinners
        • Bear wrongs patiently
        • Forgive offenses willingly
        • Comfort the afflicted
        • Pray for the living and the dead
      • Click here for scriptures for the works of mercy from the Archdiocese of Detroit
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May you be open to receiving the blessings that the Father has for you.
May you be open to conforming yourself to the image of Christ, the light of nations.
May you be open to the boldness of the Holy Spirit guiding you to live a life worthy of your calling.
May you be seeking God’s will for your life and doing what brings Him greater glory.
And I for these blessing on you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thanks be to God!
Saint George Preca, pray for us!