In the Gospel today, Jesus read to the people gathered at the synagogue from the book of Isaiah. The book of Isaiah is found in the old testament of our Bible. This passage was very familiar to the people who were gathered that day, in fact, many of them had it memorized. This passage was so special because it predicted the coming of the Messiah, the one they were waiting for to save them. The one God had promised to send.
God’s promised Messiah was Jesus and he was sent to help everyone: the poor, the imprisoned, the disabled, and all those who suffer. But, it is not just up to Jesus to help others; God wants all of us to help those in need. I know, you are probably thinking… I’m just a kid! How can I help others?... well, you can help to collect clothes for the poor, visit the sick or elderly, help to collect food for the hungry, and try to make life just a little bit nicer for everyone you meet.
Pope Francis has declared this year the year of Mercy. It is important that we be loving and understanding of all during this year of mercy. Our God forgives, comforts, and gives hope…. We should all try to do the same for our friends, family, and everyone we meet. When we help others, Jesus will fill our hearts with warmth and love.