Daily Gospel Reflection for October 6, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:25-37

The final line of today’s Gospel gives us a simple directive: show mercy. According to the dictionary, mercy is, “kindness or help given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation.”  The question then becomes, how do we do it? Despite how thick­ headed we can be sometimes, God shows us mercy again and again and again. Our task is to take his example and spread it around to others. This parable shows us exactly what mercy looks like.

Nowhere does judgment or evaluation play a role in showing mercy. It’s not for us to decide who is worthy or deserving of mercy, God just told us to show it. I very often remind myself that “I don’t know what I don’t know!” I don’t know why people wind up in bad or desperate situations and need mercy. It’s not my business to know, my business according to God, is to show mercy and let God deal with the rest.

Ponder:

Where do I need to show more mercy? Is there a person or group I could reach out to without judgment or hesitation?

 

Pray:

Loving Father, thank you for coming to me each time I’m in a bad or desperate situation. Your mercy is unending and undeserved. Please guide me to the people this day that you want me to show mercy towards.

Copyright 2014 Sheri Wohlfert

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Sheri is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker and teacher. She uses her great sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Her roots are in Kansas but her home is in Michigan. The mission of her ministry is to encourage others to take a good look at the simple ways we can all find God doing joyful, blessed, amazing things smack dab in the middle of the laundry, ball games, farm chores and the hundred other things we manage to cram into a day. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.

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