Moved with mercy

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Jesus performed miracles because of faith like that of the Roman centurion who said, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to come under my roof. Therefore, I do not consider myself worthy to come to you; but only say the word and my servant be healed.” Jesus said, to the crowd, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When the messengers returned to the house, they found the slave in good health (Mt 7: 6-10).

In another occasion, Jesus met a Canaanite woman in Tyre and Sidon asking him to heal her daughter tormented by the devil. She cried out; “Have pity on me Lord, Son of David” (Mt 15:22). Jesus said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour (Mt 15:28). 

In some instances, our Lord did miracles driven by mercy, pity, and compassion on the people in sorrow and hunger. In Nain, a small town south of Nazareth, there was a widow who lost her husband sometime before. Her sorrow deepened with the passing away of her only son then being carried in a coffin for burial. Death didn’t only deprive her of a family, but also rob her of the hope for financial support. Jesus was moved with pity and told her not to weep. He stepped forward and touched the coffin and said; “Young, man I tell you, arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother (Lk 7: 13-14).   

A vast crowd was following Jesus in deserted place and it was getting late. His heart was moved with pity for them for they were like sheep without a shepherd. He then ordered to have them sit in groups on the green grass. Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the fish. Those who ate were five thousand men (Mk 6:34-44).

Mercy is the hallmark of our Lord’s ministry. In his homily during his visit to Manila in Jan. 2016, Pope Francis said; “if you take away mercy from the gospel you won’t understand Jesus.” As he comforted the widow in Nain in her sorrow, he too can console us in our grief, restore hope from setbacks, recovery from failure, relief from pain, recovery from sickness and other tragedies of life.

On the flip side, someone said that people who constantly suffer from emotional wounds, tend to easily get annoyed with others for no apparent reason. Let your past make you better, not bitter. Somebody admonished that you shouldn’t just be a taker; healthy relationships require a balance. Give with your words and be extra generous with your deeds. Amen on that folks!

In her Diary no. 1146, St. Faustina wrote Jesus words; “Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy.”

Pray the Divine Mercy every 3 p.m. Daily recite the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy for peace and conversion of sinners.

A big “thank you” to the attendees of the Divine Mercy symposium at Sta. Barbara last Saturday morning, Sept. 30, 2017. May you and your families have abundant blessings from the Lord.