Scripture Readings: Isaiah 54:7 – 10
The word merciful in Hebrew is Rachhum which means to be full of compassion. This is the first word that God used to describe His glory and character. “From eternity, God had a plan to save the world, a plan for peace and welfare, to replace hopelessness with hope. That man would again seek God, and find Him” (Prof Ehikamenor). In today’s devotional, the Holy Ghost wants to once again bring to our consciousness, the fact that the God we serve is limitlessly merciful, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. The scripture says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, so I am constant in my affection for you” (Jeremiah 31:3).
Beloved, the reality is that we offend God on daily basis. We transgress His commandments daily and in many cases, willingly. But the Psalmist says, “The Lord is merciful and loving, slow to become angry and full of constant love. He does not keep on rebuking; he is not angry forever. He does not punish us as we deserve or repay us according to our sins and wrong doings” (Psalm 103:8 -11). “What is man that God will be so mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:4). Yet the same God in His mercy sacrificed His precious possession, “Jesus Christ His only begotten son”, so that man can be reconciled to Him. Jesus Christ paid the supreme price, that the whole world: Jews, Greeks, or Gentiles may be reconciled to the Father. What a great sacrifice and show of love? Friend in Christ, can you fathom the depth or height of God’s love and mercy for you, your family and all that concerns you? His word says, “As far as the sky is above the earth, so great is His love for those who honour Him. As far as east is from the west, so far does He remove our sins from us” (Psalm 103:11–12). Is this not wonderful and heartwarming? Do you know that even before we were made, God had already chosen us to be His through our union with Christ so that we would be holy and without fault before Him (Ephesians 1:4).
Today, the Holy Ghost asks you, do you appreciate His love and mercy towards you? Do you recognize that even at this very moment millions of persons, men, women and children are dying? Do you recognize that there are some countries of the world where people have been rendered homeless and are faced with untold hardships? Do you recognize that some persons have been rendered invalid by some catastrophe? But you are intact by the unimaginable limitless love and mercies of God. Dear reader, appreciate today the enormity of God’s love and mercy in your life and family. Never lose hope. Scripture says, “His love lasts forever and His goodness endures for all generation for those who are true to His covenant and who faithfully obey His commands” (Psalm 103:17 – 18).
- Thank God for today’s reflections.
- Thank God again for His love and mercy towards you and your loved ones.
- Pray, thanking God for the gift of the church, Priests, and lay societies.
- Thank God for the gift of His Son Jesus Christ.
- Pray for holiness of life for you, clergy, and all (Take seriously).
- Pray for true conversion of souls in your church.
Exercise: Take the Rosary of Liberation morning and evening
Memory Verse: Lamentations 3:22 – 23