Be Merciful!

There is one verse from the Gospel of Luke that has bugged me since St. Patrick’s Day. Luke 6:36 Jesus said to his disciples: “Be merciful, just as your father is merciful.” Have we forgotten our call to be merciful? Do the attitudes we express reflect our mercy? What do our conversations reveal about us? Are we quick to condemn? Have we made ourselves judge and jury?
Do we really believe in being merciful to everyone or to just those like us? What about the attitude we have for the poor? Does our mercy extend to the poor or do we express the Protestant Ethic that the poor deserve to be poor? Do we support the call for a just minimum wage that will allow people to support themselves? Do we describe the poor as lazy freeloaders? Is this what Jesus meant by his call to mercy?
Are we merciful when it comes to immigrants? Do we recognize them as children of God, our brothers and sisters and often fellow Catholics? Do we support immigration reform of any type? Or do we feel they should all go back where they came from? Is that what Jesus would do?
Think about the attitudes you express in your daily conversations. So many of us are hard-line when it comes to social issues like poverty, civil rights and immigration; is this the attitude we want Christ to have at our final judgment? Do we want Christ to treat us the same way we treat those who made mistakes or blow it? Would we want Him to offer us the same level of mercy we show in our daily conversations? Think about that the next time you are quick to condemn?

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

1 thought on “Be Merciful!”

  1. That was excellent. I sure hope God is alot more merciful with me than I am with others. Good article, gives me alot to think about.

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