The one who treated him with Mercy… 10Jul2016

Divine Mercy image (3) (2)“When you reflect upon what I tell you in the depths of your heart, you profit more than if you had read many books. Oh, if souls would only want to listen to My voice when I am speaking in the depths of their hearts, they would reach the peak of holiness in a short time.”

Christ speaking to St. Faustina as recorded in her Diary, par. 584


So often we hear on the news of the wonderful works certain persons have done for others. These stories add a refreshing atmosphere to the dismal reports that surround them and we find them uplifting and gratifying because they show the Godly side of human nature. They remind us that we do not belong to the world, we belong to God. They display the Love and Mercy of God at work in the world. In the midst of airport bombings, shootings in the heat of passion, or the thoughtless rantings of politicians (no one is exempt) vying for our vote, there are those who are recognized as lights of the world or salt for the earth.

It was no different in the days when Jesus walked the land of Israel, preaching and teaching and confirming what God had been speaking through the prophets for millennia. That is why they called Him a prophet. His words and message were not new to them but He spoke and acted with an authority that was greater than prophets who had preceded Him. He was the fulfillment of all the prophets that had gone before Him to the joy of many, but to others He was a living two-edged sword.

On the one hand, seeing Him as the Messiah brought great hope to the people of His day, at least those who opened their hearts to Him and believed, but to those whose hearts were hardened He was a troublemaker. His words and actions disrupted the political comfort zone of their power base and only the poor in spirit could receive and understand His message. The same is true today.

We look for peace in a world and from a world that is self-serving but good Samaritans display a true Peace that comes from treating others with Mercy.

Deacon Richard


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