Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY?
What does it mean to be “blessed”? In this case, blessed comes from the Greek word, Makarios, meaning: supremely blessed, by extension fortunate, well off, blessed, happy.
When we live the message of the Beatitudes, we experience what it is like to “be blessed,” and we serve as a conduit of God’s blessing to others.
WISDOM of the saints
For there are three ways of performing an act of mercy: the merciful word, by forgiving and by comforting; secondly, if you can offer no word, then pray – that too is mercy; and thirdly, deeds of mercy. And when the Last Day comes, we shall be judged from this, and on this basis, we shall receive the eternal verdict.
~ St. Faustina Kowalska
Divine Mercy in my Soul, 1158
SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP
Day 5: Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Takeaway: Mercy, at its core, is a loving kindness we can show to our neighbor. It very often involves the forgiveness of sins, but it also presents itself through compassion.
Reflection: “And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
Challenge: How can I show mercy today?
- Show compassion and find a kind word for someone who is not your friend.
- Pray for someone who has hurt you but never asked for forgiveness.
- Resolve to give up your need for revenge, and instead forgive the person who has sinned against you even if they are not sorry.
From the catechism
God is the Father Almighty, whose fatherhood and power shied ling on one another: God reveals his fatherly omnipotence by the way he takes care of our needs; by the filial adoption that he gives us (“I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”): finally by his infinite mercy, for he displays his power at its height by freely forgiving sins.
Now- and this is daunting – this outpouring of mercy cannot penetrate our hearts as long as we have not forgiven those who have trespassed against us. Love, like the Body of Christ, is indivisible; we cannot love the God we cannot see if we do not love the brother or sister we do see (cf 1Jn 4:20). In refusing to forgive our brothers and sisters, our hearts are closed and their hardness makes them impervious to the Father’s merciful love; but in confessing our sins, our hearts are opened to his grace.
Let Us Pray
Generous Father, I want to be merciful and happy. Give me your strength and guidance.
Keep greed far from my heart. Teach me compassion. Help me to see the sufferings and sorrows of others Never let me hold a grudge or be unjust to others.
Come to me, Father, and give me prudence. Bring me into your kingdom! Show me happiness.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen