Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
St. John Paul II wrote an encyclical on God’s being ‘rich in mercy’ and said that Jesus is mercy itself (Dives in Misericordia, 2,2). Thus, if we want to understand mercy, look at Jesus’ actions.
On the cross, Lord forgive them for they do not understand what they are do.
According to the dictionary, mercy is a noun. It’s a mission performed to relieve suffering. It’s an event to be grateful for. It’s the compassion or forgiveness shown to someone. But mercy is a noun in action.
There is action associated with compassion, and that action is mercy.
When compassion acts to alleviate suffering, it becomes mercy.
Mercy and compassion are intertwined. Mercy is the fruit of compassion. Mercy is a gift given to someone who is suffering by someone acting with compassion
Mercy fuels compassion, providing promising glints of light in a darkened world. It’s kindness, forward forgiveness, and empathy. Mercy chooses not to be offended, and compassionately sees a hurting heart behind hurtful words. God’s mercy is reflected in the cross of Christ, a direct reflection of His love for us. Mercy is an extension of and
expression of love, “an act of kindness, compassion, or favor.” Mercy is a characteristic of the One True God.
Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2
Mercy allows us to experience love, forgiveness, compassion, peace and joy, whether we deserve it or not. Mercy reveals how just and fair, yet loving and compassionate, God is.
Good Samaritan story
You are always forgiven, and never loved less.” We are not meant to associate who we are with the mistakes we have made or will make today and tomorrow which we are bound to make every day.
Was Adam and Eve. Was king David. Mistakes can do a number on our self-esteem if we don’t stop to breath “Christ ” into our situations and remind ourselves we are His children. His creation.
St Pope Francis writes, “Jesus Christ is the face of God’s mercy.” Two Blind Men Receive Sight
- 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—
- 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
- 29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.
- 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
- 31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
- 32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
- 33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”
- 34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
- “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16)
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
- 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.
- 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” mercy
Galatians 5:1 NIV – It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. A slavery of the world’s concerns weighing us down.
Galatians 5:6 NIV – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
What do we do with mercy
Galatians 5:13-15 NIV – You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. ¹⁴ For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” ¹⁵ If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other
How can you love others properly if you don’t or can’t love your self properly.
Loving is unique to the human experience of being an imagebearer of God.
What is love
1 Corinthians 13:1-7 NIV – If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. ² If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. ³ If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
⁴ Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. ⁵ It does not dishonor others, it is not selfseeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. ⁶ Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. ⁷ It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
St. Francis De Sales wrote, french bishop catholic Church, “It is sometimes necessary for us to relax both mind and body by some kind of recreation” (Introduction to the Devout Life, 31), and then tells a famous story about St. John the Apostle, who one day was seen by a hunter holding a bird and stroking it. The hunter was shocked that such a holy man was wasting his time on a useless activity. So, St. John asked, “Why don’t you always carry your bow taut?” The hunter replied, “If it were always bent… it would lose its spring.”
Simple things in life… a walk. A sunrise/sunset.
Kristin Neff is an academic researcher who studies selfcompassion and has pioneered research about the concept. She offers a six-factor model regarding self-compassion
When individuals feel self-pity, they become immersed in their own problems and forget that others have similar problems. They ignore their interconnections with others, and instead feel that they are the only ones in the world who are suffering
Self-compassion, on the other hand, allows one to see the related experiences of self and other without these feelings of isolation and disconnection. Also, self-pitying individuals often become carried away with and wrapped up in their own emotional drama. They cannot step back from their situation and adopt a more balanced or objective perspective.
Self-compassion is simply the process of turning compassion inward. We are kind and understanding rather than harshly self-critical when we fail, make mistakes or feel inadequate. We give ourselves support and encouragement rather than being cold and judgmental when challenges and difficulty arise in our lives.
Good Samaritan story.
Compassion for yourself isn’t quite the same thing as selfesteem, however. While self-esteem is focused on what we’ve accomplished or achieved, “self-compassion is a form of selfacceptance, even in the face of failure
.Self-compassion focuses on soothing and comforting the self when faced with distressing experiences.”
Self-care is certainly a part of self-compassion. At its most basic level, self-care means taking care of yourself the way a parent does a child. It’s making sure you get enough sleep, nutritious food, movement, socializing, solitude, etc., to be a healthy and well-balanced person.
Acknowledge your identity as a human being who is both flawed and loved. Recognize the forgiveness that God offers for your sin in Christ. He made you, knows you, and loves you. Other people don’t define you, only God does, and he says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made
If your questioning what i am saying scripture “clothe
yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Col 3:12,)
Again I ask how can you love your neighbour if you can’t love yourself.
How can I be a maths teacher if i don’t know maths. I have to learn it first.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
We are to first experience it. Consume it. Learn it. Understand it. As part of Gods will for us to go for him.
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
Do not be afraid. 365
There will be suffering. Look at Paul life
Don’t worry about tomorrow Matthew 6:25 NIV – Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, Matthew 6:34 NIV
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Give me your burdens
Jesus speaks of His yoke. A yoke is a device that was used in farming, where two oxen would be yoked together to pull a plow.
Matthew 11:28–30. Jesus invites all who labor and are heavy laden to come unto him, take his yoke upon them, and learn of him
Despondency or depression
Matthew 26:35-46 NIV – Gethsemane
³⁶ Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” ³⁷ He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. ³⁸ Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
- ⁴⁰ Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. ⁴¹ “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
- ⁴² He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
- ⁴³ When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. ⁴⁴ So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
- ⁴⁵ Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. ⁴⁶ Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
I wonder if this is a guide to our own depressions and anxieties of the world.
In Luke Christ tells us, 34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.
CHRISTS teachings are for us to consume first and then act on. Do and Use and teach. He is the bread of life.
Be kind to yourself. Acceptance. Gratitude. Praise . Rejoice.
Like Christ show mercy to yourself. Enjoy the simple things in life to remind you of Gods love and your worth. Its food for your soul and a rejoicing rest of the spirit, rejoicing in Gods handi work.
An action to be grateful for. Like john, the bird and the hunting bow. For me was watching my car sit in the bird feeder.. Not just his his eyes. But the eyes of your Church and loved ones at home.
So long as we are receivers of mercy, we must be givers of thanks.
Lamentations 3:22– “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end.
(May) the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.