Good Evening, God,
What a delight to find that starting December 8 we (well, I guess anyone who wants to join in) will be in A Holy Year of Mercy. Pope Francis declared his intention back in April but the church calendar doesn’t turn over until12/8 and the start of Advent.
So, here we are (almost) in a Jubilee Year of Mercy. And our species really needs it! Hey, I need it too!
Actually, I was thinking that what we humans really need is a Year of Repentance. A Year of doing a fearless moral inventory and asking, God, for Your Help in cleaning us up. But, I suppose that IS part of this Jubilee Year. After all, I NEED to receive mercy! I need to more fully understand how I have hurt — or failed to help — those around me.
I heard Professor Fred Luskin give a talk on Letting Stuff Go (forgiving) and the line that stuck with me was: “Everyday all the people around us have to be busy forgiving US for who we are.” So much mercy flowing over us!
Today for the first time in pondering the story of the Good Samaritan I saw myself not just as the Levite walking by on the other side . . . but as the one beaten and wounded lying by the side of the road.
My wounds are very small. Mostly, my wounds are because someone I care about has been hurt. Small or not, I am still wounded and need help to heal.
Perhaps healing comes before — or along with — forgiving. They seem linked together. So, as I look around me — at my Wounded and Wounding Species — I think how important it is to focus on Mercy. Your Mercy and compassion are continuously flowing out — waiting for us to receive it — and pass it on.