Seeking God: The source of mercy

 

Reading: Isaiah 11:2-3, Psalm 85:1-13

Christ: Do not forget the mercy that I have shown you. Yes, even though I knew that there would be many sins to come, I wanted to cover your sins because I knew you could not do it yourself. Know that there will be a short time of grief while you are here, but take heart for I am faithful. Keep your eyes fixed on Me and my Father’s will and you will receive a harvest of spiritual abundance, for I am the source of your blessings.

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Think: How has the the Lord shown me mercy? What kind of abundance have I known in the past?

Pray: Lord, time and again you lift us out of the mire we create for ourselves. Help me to remember your loyal love to me. Daily remind me that I am powerless to manufacture my own joy, that it all arises from you. May I resolve to allow your Spirit to lead me today, for you alone have the Spirit of counsel and wisdom. Amen.


 

 

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The One Thing God Can’t Do

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a]neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:38-39

Do you believe this?

I had never given it much thought before today, until reading this quote from today’s homily from Pope Francis.

“The gift is God’s love, a God who can’t sever himself from us. That is the impotence of God.  We say: ‘God is all powerful, He can do everything!” Except for one thing: Sever Himself from us! In the gospel, that image of Jesus who weeps over Jerusalem, helps us understand something about that love. Jesus wept! He wept over Jerusalem and that weeping is all about God’s impotence: his inability to not love (us) and not sever himself from us.” [source]

There is one thing God can’t do: not love us.

Startling but true! That intense love is extended to every single person that ever was. It is up to each person to decide for him or herself whether to accept or reject that love.

Think about the times you may have deliberately run from God. There was something you saw, thought, and immediately decided in your heart to do or say, purposely ignoring the little voice of truth within. Realize that in those times we are actively choosing to reject God’s wisdom and therefore His love for us.

However, thanks to that amazing love, we have a new opportunity to accept every moment. Nothing from our past is so bad that we cannot reach out and accept His gift.