No one gets through life without the need for love, and the need for mercy. They are what makes us human. They are what God expects from us.
Love and mercy are part of us because we have inherited the capacity to express them from God, our Father.
We believe we are loving when we give to those in need, and this is true. We believe we are loving when we assist those who love us. This is also true.
But what about loving those who do not love us? What about loving those who actually reject us?
Loving those who reject our love is the highest form of love in action. It is Mercy. And nobody does Mercy as well as the God we profess to follow.
O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever . Psalm 136
Look at us. Mostly we have a “what’s in it for me?” mentality–sometimes we even perform what we call works of mercy to make us look good in the eyes of others, or to make us feel better about ourselves.
But if you want to see perfect love and perfect mercy, then look at a crucifix. Jesus offered Himself, without a thought for Himself, to those who rejected His love. And then with great mercy, said: Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And parting his garments among them, they cast lots. –Luke 23:34
Yesterday, December 8, in the Catholic Church, began the Jubilee Year of Mercy. We have been called to take note.