A recent preview for Sunday Night Live got me thinking about this.
When most of us think about Divine Mercy and the devotion, we think of the Mercy of God. That is good, but I think many people(at least me) unconsiously overlook the part we play in Divine Mercy. We often look at an image and think about the Mercy God has for us, but we rarely think about how we are called to be imitators of Christ and practice Mercy in our own lives. How often do we think about whether we are practicing Mercy? I know I hardly think of it at all.
This Practice of Mercy is, I think, closely related to the part of the Our Father where we say, “Forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” How can we expect to be shown mercy if we do not show it to others?
Think of the parable Jesus told in Matthew 18:23-35:
23"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents[a] was brought to him. 25Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26"The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28"But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii.** He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29"His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
30"But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32"Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."
Thoughts? Am I on track?:)**