The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness. The Lord is good to all, compassionate to every creature. (Ps 145:8-9)
As I reflect upon these words of the psalmist, I am reminded of the words from the prophet Isaiah,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.” (Is 55:8-9)
How true it is. My thoughts and my ways are not the way of the Lord. And, if anyone was to describe qualities that personify me, I suspect that “gracious”, “merciful”, “slow to anger”, “of great kindness”, and “compassionate” would probably not be at the top of that list! Possibly not on the list at all.
That being said, it doesn’t mean that I ought not to strive to possess these qualities. However, it’s a pretty big order to achieve all of these perhaps at the same time. I can, however, begin with one and I think I will begin with merciful.
Pope Francis has called the people of God – the church – to a “Jubilee Year of Mercy”. “Salvation is offered to every human, to every people, without exception, to each of us,” Pope Francis said during the ceremony, according to Vatican Radio. “None of us can say, ‘I am holy, I am perfect, I am already saved.’ “
In the words of Pope Francis, “may the Jubilee of Mercy bring us all closer to God’s goodness and love!” Amen.