Blog Posts for "Mercy"

Justice, Mercy and the Power of Grace

St. Turibius of MongrovejoDaniel 13:41c-62; John 8:1-11Today’s scripture readings feature the familiar stories of Susanna and the elders and Jesus encountering the woman caught in adultery.  In today’s often polarized political environment, it’s not uncommon for mercy and to be posed as polar opposites, with the former allocated to “liberals” and the latter to “conservatives.”  Our readings, however, challenge us to bring them into harmony as far as possible; and for that, we need God’s wisdom and guidance. The presence of one of our Peruvian Capuchin brothers, Hector Bueno, in our St. Clare of Assisi...

Showing Mercy

St. Bruno Luke 10:25-37 In the gospel passage from today’s Mass we hear the familiar Parable of the Good Samaritan.  It is a wonderful story of compassion and generosity, as well as a reminder to be wary of automatically judging people by their identities or reputations.  For many of the people that first heard that parable, especially the scholar of the (Mosaic) law and other religious authorities, “good” and “Samaritan” were almost a contradiction in terms.  For religious, historical and cultural reasons Jews considered Samaritans so “unclean” they would even avoid walking through Samaritan territory if possible. Yet it...

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