In asking for and accepting God’s mercy we learn better how to extend it; we come to understand that offering forgiveness has healing power. Forgiveness releases us from the burden of resentment, and giving such burdens to God brings peace that only he can give. What better way to continue the journey of becoming more like Jesus than by practicing mercy, an attribute so central to the nature of God and our Lord!
Throughout Jesus’ ministry, forgiveness is shown with great generosity. Clearly, it is to be abundant and made available to all. God does not condone our sinful actions, but he forgives us in love. There is wisdom and balance that we can apply in our own lives.
As the time of his passion neared, the gift of mercy was clearly on the Lord’s mind and demonstrated in his actions. Making the way to Calvary was a deliberate act of love on his part.
of bread, and after blessing it he broke it,
gave it to the disciples, and said,
“Take, eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying,
“Drink from it, all of you;
28 for this is my blood of the[d]covenant,
which is poured out for many
for the forgiveness of sins.”
- Matthew 26:26-28