Advent calls us to repent in preparation for Christ’s coming: not to hide our faults so we’re accepted, but to change our hearts so we shine with God’s light, so we become the people we’re created to be and bear the fruits of love.
On All Saints Sunday we see death as a container for life, highlighting the blessing of life that comes not from human effort but from God’s grace. We open our hearts to live as saints with such grace.
When we cry for mercy we’re not asking an angry God to avoid punishing us; we’re opening ourselves to the gentle grace God has for us that we need so deeply. God’s mercy doesn’t depend on our merit, but only on God’s love.