Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 22, 2007
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 22, 2007
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Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Blessed are the merciful
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain
Jesus taught a great deal about mercy (Matthew
9:13, 27; 12:7; 15:22; 17:15; 18:21-35; 20:30,
31). God is known as being "rich in mercy"
(Ephesians 2:4). Jesus was a real person, a
famous teacher who taught people to be merciful
towards each other.
Righteousness and mercy go hand-in-hand. We need
them both. Perhaps being merciful is the key to
avoiding a "holier than thou" reputation as a
Just what is mercy, and what does it mean to be
merciful? Mercy is compassion, kindness. In my
kitchen hangs a saying, "Kindness, a language the
blind can see and the deaf can hear." In being
merciful we sympathize with someone else's feeling
miserable. Our sympathy leads to involvement.
Jesus was often moved to compassion and action.
The opposite of mercy is vengeance and punishment.
A television evening news program caught my
attention the other day with a report about a
remarkable event somewhere in the Middle East.
A young man had murdered, and the authorities
had caught him. According to Islamic law, he
was sentenced to die by hanging in a public
event. The murderer wept like a baby as the
noose was hung around his neck. Thousands in
the crowd began to cry out for mercy. The
victim's father had the power of life or death.
It was his decision. He hesitated and with emotion
gave life to his son's murderer. The crowd erupted
into ecstatic cries of "praise be to Allah the
Mercy had occurred at significant emotional cost.
We can only be merciful with the help of God who
is rich in mercy.
God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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