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Being Merciful

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
We are all human, imperfect and sinful. 
 
No matter how holy and perfect we think some people are, or no matter how holy we think we are (and especially if we think this way about ourselves), we are all still sinners deserving God’s mercy and compassion. 
 
Jesus said the following to St. Faustina: 
 
  • The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy. (Diary, 723)
  • I do not want to punish aching mankind but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart. I use punishment when they themselves force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice. (Diary, 1588)
God’s greatest attribute is His mercy.  We should take comfort in the fact that His mercy is greater than our sins,  that even people like Hitler and especially people like him, can receive His mercy.  Jesus came into this world to save us from our sins, through His mercy.  We should NEVER doubt it!  If He can forgive someone like Hitler, then He can definitely forgive us!
 
We are all weak, and it is for this reason that all of us – and without exception – deserve God’s mercy, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  It is also for this reason that we ought to be merciful to each other as God is merciful to us, for we are all the same at the most basic level.  This is easier said than done, especially if the offense committed against us is such a horrific tragedy.  It can be a tragedy that already happened, or something waiting to happen that disturbs our peace.  Just the same… We are all sinners deserving mercy ourselves. 
When we remember our own need for God’s mercy, this should remind us of how human we can all be, and how much each one of us needs mercy.  Therefore, as difficult as it may be, we should be merciful to each other, for everyone needs it as much as we need it, too.
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You! 
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