The parables told to us by Jesus are meant to teach us how to be and think more like our Father. It is not that we should desire to be God, but to be like God, as we live with our brothers and sisters. God is a God of mercy, forgiveness and love who sought to save us from the destruction and slavery of sin that we might share eternal life with him.
What is mercy to you? Have you ever had to ask for the mercy of another person and what was that like? Mercy is about forgiveness, kindness, compassion, sympathy and grace. Showing mercy to another is an act of love, a gift, a blessing and a “Godsend” in our lives. When someone shows mercy to another, they exude care and love toward that person elevating them as a person of dignity, deserving of love and compassion. God gifted humanity the ultimate gift of mercy by and through the life, death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ.
How do we show mercy to the people with whom we share life? Do we forgive those who wrong us? Do we bear wrongs patiently? Are we able to offer genuine prayer for those who have sinned against us? Can we turn the other cheek, take the high road, offer compassion and understanding even when we are hurt by another? Can we see in every person, even those who we may consider enemies, the reality that they too, are made in God’s image and worthy of our love and mercy? Can we be as Christ to one another?
These are the challenges of living our Christian lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. Made in the image of God, we are fully capable to forgive and show mercy, yet how do we find the strength and guidance to do so? Left to ourselves, those challenges may never be achieved, but with Jesus all things are possible. We need only be open to learning from the Word of God in the parables and example of Jesus how to love one another, despite our differences, despite the hurt and sometimes the hate of another. We need to be one with God to become ever more like God in how we live and love and learn. Only then can we go out into the world to be agents of love, forgiveness and mercy.
Have mercy on us O Lord, that we may have mercy on others. Forgive us Lord that we may learn to forgive others.
Love us Lord, that we may, with you by our side, be a model of love to your people. In Jesus’ name, we pray.
In His Love,
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC