I would wish also to make known the greatness of His mercies, for it seemed as though He had undertaken constantly to pursue me and oppose my malice with His goodness, and my ingratitude with His love.”  (St. Margaret Mary Alacoque)

God is merciful; surely this is one of the most basic truths of our faith.  His mercy is evident throughout scripture.  One beautiful and powerful reading from Zechariah’s prophecy about Christ in the Gospel of Luke (1:76-79) tells us:

“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
      for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
      through the forgiveness of their sins,
 because of the tender mercy of our God,
      by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
 to shine on those living in darkness
      and in the shadow of death,
   to guide our feet into the path of peace."

Such a beautiful thought!  “The tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun (and the risen Son!) will come to us from heaven...”  It is by God’s mercy that Christ comes to us, and we are all so desperately in need of that mercy!  There is so much in our society today that keeps us living in darkness and in the shadow of death:  terrorism, abortion, euthanasia, etc., that we need to cry out to God for refuge in His merciful heart.

We also need, of course, to be that heart of mercy for others – to forgive, to tell others by word and deed that there are second chances in life; that situations can be turned around; that mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:13)  Why not do that, today, for someone in your life…Amen!

St. Margaret Mary, pray for us!