Two plus millennium ago, the world was gifted with an event which would change the course of history and make redemption and salvation available to all men. In an act of Divine Mercy, God became flesh, took on our humanity; walked and lived among us. Jesus, the Eternal Son of the Eternal Father, became, for us, the Model and embodiment of Mercy. In word and action, he demonstrated what it meant to be “merciful as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:35). Jesus fed the hungry (Mt. 15:32-38) and at times was himself, hungry. He gave drink to the thirsty (Jn. 2:1-11) and experienced thirst (Jn. 4:1-42). He cured the sick (Mt. 8:1-17) and showed mercy to sinners (Jn. 8:1-11). He comforted those who mourned (Jn. 11:35-40) and knew homelessness (Lk. 9:58) and nakedness (Jn. 19:23-24). Jesus spent his days ministering to the sick, the broken, and the destitute. He cured them physically and healed them spiritually. In the words of St. John the Evangelist, “I do not think the whole world could contain the books that would be written” about all the acts of mercy that Jesus lavished on his lost sheep. True Stewardship demands that we love our neighbor as we love ourselves, understanding that to love is to be merciful.
ACTION PLAN: Look up one or more of the scripture citations listed above. Reflect on the mercy of Jesus.