Week 32 Day 6
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Matthew 5: 7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
I cannot help thinking about Jesus’ parable of the “good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37) and I ask myself, what is the part and point of mercy in that parable?
In a day and age when the self-destructive behavior that comes about through moral choices or confused interpretations of “need” seem to be laid before us every day the question becomes is it better to relieve the moment, or is it better to let the consequences of choices come home to roost in order to bring about some kind of remorse and repentance. Far too many people have learned far too well how to play the “victim” card and to throw themselves on the mercy of a culture that seems hell bent on rescuing people from every perceived discomfort even when it is of their own making. Sadly this also paves the way for Christians to become largely indifferent to the plight of people around them.
Jesus’ parable, and this beatitude call us to reach out to the afflicted and helpless. He calls us to reach across cultural barriers and to live lies of risky love. He does not call us to foster an environment where people are given permission to prey on the good intentions of people who care in order to feather their own nests. There are far too many people in this world who really need the touch of mercy.
I have received the greatest mercy imaginable. Jesus has accepted me, forgiven me, restored me, and given me the promise of His constant companionship. This is the very best mercy we can offer to a confused, sin maddened world. Yeah, it’s a pretty messy thing, but remember for just a moment, the great mercy seen only in the cross of our Lord.