“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over,
will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use,
it will be measured to you.”
– Luke 6:36-38 (NIV)
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
The model of mercy which Christ sets before us is God Himself,
who loved us so much, He sent His Only Son to save us.
He is “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles .“ (2 Cor 1:3-4)
Fray Luis de Granada reflected:
"The first quality of this virtue (of mercy)
is that it makes men like God
and like the most glorious thing in Him, His mercy.
For certainly the greatest perfection a creature can have
is to be like his Creator,
and the more like Him he is,
the more perfect he is."
This is the rule a Christian should apply:
be compassionate towards other people’s afflictions
as if they were one’s own,
and try to remedy them.
visit and care for the sick,
give food to the hungry,
give drink to the thirsty,
teach the Truth to the ignorant,
correct, but also show understanding towards people who are in error…
The Apostolic Constitution, ‘Gaudium et Spes’ (Joy and Hope),
which resulted from the Second Vatican Council,
tells us that
"love and courtesy of this kind
should not, of course, make us indifferent to truth and goodness.
Love, in fact, impels the followers of Christ
to proclaim to all men the truth which saves.
But we must distinguish between the error (which must always be rejected)
and the person in error,
who never loses his dignity as a person
even though he flounders amid false or inadequate religious ideas.
God alone is the judge and searcher of hearts;
He forbids us to pass judgment on the inner guilt of others."
When we act with others in love and truth,
out of Christian generosity and mercy
and, therefore, without expecting anything in return,
we will be giving to God,
who will give us more, much, much more, in life eternal!
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Lord God, Your mercy and compassion and Your grace never fade.
Teach me to be merciful like You are merciful, Lord.