Blessed are the merciful

Blessed are the merciful

Matthew 5:7   In the Beatitudes our Lord taught us, we see a sequence of fundamental means to happiness. Each of them has a reward attached that the Lord promises to those who seek to live them out. It is only in the beatitude “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” that we receive what we give. What is it about mercy that creates this reciprocal exchange? A priest once shared with us that the more he grows in the spiritual life, the more he is convinced that mercy is the key to unlock Christianity. I personally have to confess that I never quite understood mercy. I remember being confronted with this realization as I struggled to plan a Bible Study on mercy while I was in college. ‘What is mercy?’ I wondered. It had become a word too...