The Scots College completed their Year of Mercy pilgrimages to the Papal Basilicas of Rome today with prayers and Mass at St. John Lateran.
As the Year of Mercy draws to a close, the Scots College community concluded their pilgrimage to the four Papal Basilicas in Rome arriving as the sun rose at the door of St. John Lateran.
Fr. Mark Cassidy, the Spiritual Director, led the group in a short period of reflection and prayer before the group passed through the Holy Door, into the “Mother of All Churches in Rome and the World” The Basilica holds that title as the Cathedral church of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope.
The community gathered in the Colonna Chapel for Mass where Fr. Mark highlighted that Jesus did not laud the dishonesty of the steward in the parable (Lk 16:1-8), instead he applauded his passion and zeal for striving to get what he wanted – which in his case was a comfortable life. So for us, following the teaching of St. Paul’s letter in the first reading (Phil 3:17-4:1), what we strive for is our homeland in heaven, and to attain the Kingdom, we must approach what we are called to do with the same passion and zeal as the dishonest steward in today’s Gospel.
The Year of Mercy will conclude on the Solemnity of Christ the King, the 20th November when the Holy Door at St Peters Basilica is closed by the Holy Father. The doors at St. John Lateran, Mary Majors and St. Paul’s Outside the Walls will be closed during celebrations at each Basilica on the 13th November.