HIS MERCY ENDURES FOR EVER (Daniel 3:89)
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Daily Bread

Rev. Fr. Antony Thekkanath VC
Director,
Divine Mercy Prayer Center
God's Mercy

 

One of the greatest attributes of God is Mercy. Time and again we find it in the Bible, "The Lord, the Lord a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.." (Ex. 34, 6-7).

 

In Jesus we find this mercy at its zenith. He shows mercy to everyone. It is His teaching that the laws should not be a hindrance to show mercy. This is clear from the incident of healing of a woman suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years (Mk. 5, 24b-34). According to Jewish law she was unclean and not supposed to appear outside and touch a male person. This was not a problem for Jesus to heal her; he goes beyond these laws to heal, and thereby giving us a message that a human being is more important than any laws. Laws should not be an impediment to show mercy.

 

At another instance Jesus is giving sight to a blind beggar (Lk. 18, 35-43): as Jesus approached Jericho a blind beggar shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me" (v. 38). The people sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly. Now Jesus ordered to bring the man to him and he healed him. Here we learn a lesson from Jesus; it should not be a hindrance even a crowd or an external force stand against it.

 

Again, a huge crowd was with Jesus for three days and he had compassion over them (Mt. 15, 32-39), and he did not want to send them away hungry. So he works a miracle and fed them. Thus Jesus showed mercy to those who were with Him; indirectly He teaches us that we should also show mercy to those who are with and around us.

 

The sinners and tax collectors were most despised group of people, yet Jesus showed mercy to them while others shunt them. There are many examples in the Gospels: we have the sinner in John 4, the adulterous woman in John 8, Zacchaeus the tax collector in Luke 19 and Jesus dared even to include another tax collector - Matthew - among His Apostles. When we read the parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15, we are astonished to see how merciful the father was when the prodigal son returned: "while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him" (v. 20). Through this Jesus reveals the mind of God, how merciful He is towards the sinners.

 



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