Category Archives: Year of Mercy

Year of Mercy: Mercy and Love

The Great Convergence Is when mercy and love flow together to become ‘merciful love.’  This is the combination described as ‘hesed’ in the Old Testament and ‘agapé’ in the New Testament.  We describe it as faithful love, steadfast love, never-ending … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Mercy and Hope

Mercy and hope unite to create the realization that God sees us differently than others see us–sees us differently than we may even see ourselves.  God sees us as beloved children. Henri Nouwen made this one of his major emphases, … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Mercy and Faith

Having used Pope Francis’ writing ‘The Face of Mercy’ (and related resources) to stimulate my meditations for much of this year, I want to conclude this Year of Mercy with some posts that are rooted in my own thoughts.  If … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: The Eternal Trajectory

The showing of mercy on earth becomes an eternal trajectory in Matthew 21: 31-45, the final parable we will explore. In the story, sheep show mercy, goats do not.  And the two are separated according to mercy given or withheld. … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Reciprocal Mercy

We like to think that we learn to give mercy to others in keeping with the ways we have received it ourselves.  But unfortunately, the parable in Matthew 18: 21-35 teaches us that this not always the case. The servant owed … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Mercy Given

Today we look at one of the great parables of contrast: Luke 18:1-8.  Simply put, Jesus is saying that if we can persist and eventually prevail over another’s reluctance to help us, how much more will we receive help from … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Mercy Eventually

Luke 16:19-31 is not an easy parable to interpret.  But one thing is clear: mercy will be given to all who failed to receive it–even if it only happens in heaven. The rich man never gave Lazarus a crumb.  Dogs … Continue reading

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