Blessed Are The Merciful ( Beatitudes Part V )

Blessed are the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)

Mercy as defined on reference.com state the following :

“compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence.”
That is a good place to start, however it is much more.. and for those of faith it is much deeper, and more complex.  Mercy is not a state of being or a define parameter of some sort. Mercy, or the growth of capacity for it, is one of the by products of our growth in faith.

An examination of our capacity for mercy, also causes us to reflect on our faith, on many fronts.  The mercy of God, who loves us and sent Jesus who came into the world not because of sin, but instead because of love.  He came into the world and within the greatest of acts of mercy died for each of us.

In the same breath he wants us to love one another as he has loved us.  He wants us to forgive others the same way He forgave us.  Of course, the problem is that we can not really, we can strive towards that unattainable goal since he gave the greatest act of mercy, it can not be equalled or topped, however, in love we can forgive, we can share mercy with others.
God grants us mercy in our days, In his redemption, in our second chances, in our sickness.  He is merciful in all our daily lives.

Then there is the mercy shown between people.
The mercy and forgiveness we share with each other when we fail.  The differences in this type of mercy and the mercy we get from God is that the mercy we show to each other is shared.. The mercy we get from God is poured out upon us in abundance. Even when we fail, suffering from our human natures to to show mercy to each other God is still ever merciful, out of love and by example for us all.

The more we examine our lives and our faith, the more we examine our own failings in sharing mercy with others, it creates a larger capacity, it creates an opportunity to reach into the well of mercy shared with us, and provides opportunities for each of us to grow.
May God give you the gift of His peace ( and mercy) !

 

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One Response to “Blessed Are The Merciful ( Beatitudes Part V )”

  1. SaintlySages Says:

    It sometimes happens that forbearance ends in moral relativism. This is mercy imprudently applied.

    St. Augustine defines (De Civ. Dei ix, 5) mercy as heartfelt sympathy for another’s distress, moving one to offer assistance if one can. St. Thomas Aquinas notes (Summa Theologica I-II, 69, 4) that some avoid works of mercy lest they be burdened with another’s grief. But, as you note in your post, Brother, Our Lord declared that those who show mercy will be shown mercy (Mt 5:7).

    St. Thomas explains (Summa II-II, 30, 3) that grief may be found in either the sensitive appetite or the intellectual appetite. When grief is a movement of the sensitive appetite only, it is merely a passion, not a virtue. When grief is a movement the intellectual appetite, and is governed by reason, it is a virtue. Prudence is right reason applied to action. Prudence determines the proper means of exercising a virtue. Thus, St. Augustine says (loc. cit.) that the passion of mercy obeys reason when justice is upheld in giving alms or forgiving the repentant.

    God bless!

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