Misericordiae Vultus 9d: Summarizing the Gospel of Mercy

head of ChristLet’s summarize the parables of the past two days. This last paragraph deserves careful attention:

As we can see in Sacred Scripture, mercy is a key word that indicates God’s action towards us. He does not limit himself merely to affirming his love, but makes it visible and tangible. Love, after all, can never be just an abstraction. By its very nature, it indicates something concrete: intentions, attitudes, and behaviours that are shown in daily living. The mercy of God is his loving concern for each one of us. He feels responsible; that is, he desires our wellbeing and he wants to see us happy, full of joy, and peaceful. This is the path which the merciful love of Christians must also travel. As the Father loves, so do his children. Just as he is merciful, so we are called to be merciful to each other.

We are beings of intellect and theory–this is true. But we are also beings who inhabit a physical world. Actions in the world appeal to something different in us than theoretical discussions of mercy, salvation, and love. If we are to truly imitate the Lord, we will have to find ways to express the merciful love Christ showed to us.

The highlighted text is © copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. You can find the document in its entirety on the Vatican website here.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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