I want to start out by apologizing for the lack of a blog and newsletter last week and ask for your mercy. I had to take a trip to Massachusetts and Pennsylvania for a funeral. Bishop Mel Borham, OSFoc, a Bishop in our denomination, passed away suddenly in March.
With all the long hours of drive time I had, my mind was able to wander down various roads. Most of the time I was considering my own end and the mercy I hope that God will show me when I see him face to face. This led to me thinking about the level of mercy we show to one another while we are still alive.
Bishop Jim asked me to preside and preach at the 9:00 AM Family Mass at Saint Miriam Parish and Friary in Flourtown, PA. Saint Miriam is one of the largest parishes in our church. Being Divine Mercy Sunday, I took the opportunity to share my thoughts on mercy. Thankfully, Saint Miriam records their sermons! You can listen to the sermon by visiting: Sunday Sermon.
God calls us to show each other mercy. It is part of loving others. If we cannot show each other mercy, then we do not really love them. When you say that you love someone, but refuse to forgive them their faults, you are a liar. When you choose to hold on to grudges, you do not love that person.
God calls for us to remember that there are reasons why people do the things they do. We are asked to look at each person and to assume that they are acting out of love. This is instead of assuming that every act they commit is out of anger or hostility. It calls on us to assume the best in others until we know otherwise.
And when all is said and done, the mercy we show to others will be shown to us! If you want mercy for your failings and shortcomings, then you must first show mercy to others.
Visit us this Sunday and experience the mercy of God!