Saturday, 31 October 2015

When people annoy us

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Jane Borg (No.168)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 14:1-6
It happened that when He went into the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread, they were watching Him closely. 

And there in front of Him was a man suffering from dropsy. And Jesus answered and spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” 

But they kept silent. And He took hold of him and healed him, and sent him away. And He said to them, “Which one of you will have a son or an ox fall into a well, and will not immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day?” And they could make no reply to this.

Everyone deserves our mercy, every time. If only it wasn’t so hard! People annoy us, things don't go as we want, we may be tired or unwell. So many things play on our emotions and the state of our heart.

Mercy shows us we are loved, we are valuable, we have hope, and ultimately we have salvation – an eternal future with God.

Jesus came to bring God's mercy to us in a tangible way. He embodies mercy. He obeyed God's Law in the way He always intended – in love, showing mercy and compassion.

Without God's grace, a life of mercy is very difficult, if not impossible, for us to live.

Mercy is the catch cry of Pope Francis, recognised as holy and wise by people of all faiths and no faith. He says our role is not to condemn but to proclaim God's mercy. 

God calls us to take up the graces He offers us every moment to show love and mercy in our homes, our workplaces and to each person we meet. We only have to ask! 

Jane Borg
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection: Susanne Timpani  November 1st, 2015