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Something to think and pray about this week
We begin and end with God. Sin is what gets in the way of grace and mercy. Unfortunately, when we think of the word mercy, we often think of someone groveling before an evil villain, crying out for his or her life to be spared. We do not have to beg for God’s mercy; God offers it as a gift. Mercy is another word for compassion or kindness that is directed toward an offender. Mercy is what God always offers to us, despite our offenses. Sin is not the end of the story. Mercy is what awaits us. God’s merciful love calls us out of sin and redeems us—saves us, delivers us—from every evil and restores us to grace. When we respond to God’s mercy with repentance and contrition, we are restored to grace: our relationship with God is deepened. When we pray for God’s mercy, we are praying for the grace we need to accept what God is always offering.
- Excerpted from Living the Sacraments by Joe Paprocki, D.Min.