Blessed are the Merciful

Today’s Old Testament reading is from the book of the prophet Isaiah (Is 49:8-15).  It speaks of the limitless love we receive from our God.  The prophet asks: “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?”  And then God reassures us that even should a mother forget, God will never forget us.

There is no limit to God’s mercy and love.

This reading reminds us that God’s mercy is not just some abstract theological concept.

It is real; it can flood our hearts and change our lives.

Blessed are the merciful – those who give away what they have received from God.

Maybe today is the day to forgive a neighbor or reach out to an estranged family member.

Maybe today is the day to seek God’s mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Maybe today is the day to focus on Jesus’ words on the cross, “Father forgive them......”

Maybe today is the day to pray, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive......” and mean it.

Maybe today is the day to open our hearts to both extend and receive the bounty of God’s unconditional love.

 

~ by Fr. Bill Kramer

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