Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When the disciples who were gathered in the upper room were visited by their Risen Lord, they beheld the Mercy of God in concrete form in the shape of Jesus’ glorified, though crucified, body; Jesus had died and was living again!
‘Doubting Thomas’ was not present for this first appearance of Jesus, but when the Lord appeared again to his followers eight day later, He challenged Thomas to be-hold - to not only see, but also to touch – how the Mercy of God had turned despair into hope, hatred into love, and death into new and eternal life. Jesus’ body had been a vessel, even a crucible, for his Father’s Mercy. He had met the injustice, rejection, and even cruelty, of the social system of his day with humility and forgiveness, fortitude and love, and had thus become a living, breathing receptacle of God’s love and grace from which God’s mercy could flow to others. Will I, like the disciples behold the Mercy of God in the person of Christ Jesus? Will I, like Jesus, allow myself to be-hold, to become a receptacle, even a crucible, of God’s mercy by meeting injustice, rejection, and even cruelty, in my day with humility, forgiveness, fortitude and love, so that God’s Mercy can flow through my being to others? Holy Spirit of God, help me be-hold your mercy.
With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. (Acts 4:33)
There is nothing more man needs than Divine Mercy – that love which is benevolent, which is compassionate, which raises [man] above [his] weakness to the infinite heights to the holiness of God.
Pope St. John Paul II
Soli ad gloriam
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.