Scripture Reading: Mathew 25: 31-46
Welcome to this exhortation on mercy. Yesterday we learnt the two sides to the commitment to mercy which is reconciliation with God and reconciliation with man. Today we are looking at the call to spiritual responsibility of mercy. Pope Francis declared the theme for this year of mercy as “Merciful as your Father”. According to the New Dictionary of Theology, “Mercy is the quality of care for another, willingness to make an effort even at great sacrifice, to ease another’s pain, readiness to forgive, eagerness to help”. It went further to tell us, “God’s mercy is active and lasting, free and greater than any human expectation. The believer, made in the image of God, is required in turn to exercise mercy. Just as the relationship between God and the believer is characterized by mercy, so too the relationship between believers should manifest from the same mercy.” Dear child of God, we have received mercy from God, and in other to show our appreciation to Him, we are required to also carry out merciful acts.
And so passing through the door of mercy is also another opportunity to remind us of our responsibility to be compassionate and kind like our Father. A Catholic Priest observed that one of the reasons the Pope declared this year, Jubilee Year of Mercy is because the world has lost the sense of mercy. The world is lacking in mercy; all of our activities show no mercy.
We are once more called to re-assess how far we have failed in discharging the mandate by which we shall be judged. And the Church has summarized it for us in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Our compassionate and benevolent acts must be beneficial to our fellow brothers and sisters – spiritually and physically. The care we are duty bound to extend to our neighbours must solve both the physical, spiritual and corporal works of mercy in relation to our call to duty. IN VIEW OF THIS, WE ENJOIN ALL MEMBERS OF THE DAILY STRENGTH FAMILY TO KEY INTO OUR DAILY STRENGTH NATIONAL CHARITY GROUPS AND THE NATIONAL PRAYER NETWORK. We are called to please God through our care and prayers for the less privileged, the sick and aged in our communities. It is a mandate and all members of the Daily Strength family are expected to be part of this movement.
- Thank God for today’s reflection.
- Lord, give me the grace to carry out my calling to show mercy and compassion spiritually and physically.
- Pray for those who have become heartless and merciless, that the mercy of God will melt their hardened heart.s
- Pray this prayer meditatively, “Send Your Holy Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from You O Lord; and Your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to the captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.” (Excerpt from Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy Prayer)
- Lord, give all members of the Daily Strength family the grace to be part of this world wide charity movement in the name of Jesus.
Exercise: Go through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, picking out in each, what you can do to fulfill the demand for each of them.
Memory Verse: Matt 7:1-2.