Mercy Monday: Resurrection
Easter. Resurrection. Rejuvenated Faith.
Not true for all people…while most Christians today are still celebrating in the Light of Jesus’ Resurrection, there are many who couldn’t get past their own stories to know His love.
Some people walk the Triduum story every day of their lives never able to get past Good Friday. Their suffering is so great it becomes comfortable, familiar and oddly safer than trying to step outside of what they know. To leave the safe confines of their wounds could be as traumatic as the suffering itself.
Some people sit in the dark stillness of Holy Saturday having found acceptance of their fate along their journey but unsure if they could fully embrace the forgiveness needed in order to step out towards the light. Letting go of their anger, hurt and pain within forgiveness to walk towards peace can bring that same uncertainty that the original trauma brought to them in their Good Friday. So there they sit in a numb stillness finding it safer than to embrace the Light, Hope and Faith of the Easter Resurrection.
Let’s face it, resurrections can be scary! Resurrection demands a commitment to follow, a commitment to believe, a commitment to let go and move forward.
When it comes to Mercy how are you being a witness to Resurrection to those in these situations?
When you see a homeless person on the street, how often do we all quickly go straight to judgement inside our minds as we walk by them on the sidewalk barely acknowledging their presence? It is easier to have judgement then to have to go deeper to hear their story, to see them as a person, to consider setting aside whatever it was you were rushing off to in order to be of help and presence to them in their suffering.
So often we see a situation like a single parent and start thinking we know all the answers to their misery or struggles. We can only see (judge) they ‘bailed’ on their marriage, so their suffering is deserved. I would like to challenge with who are we to assume we know their exact circumstances or better yet that they aren’t making the best decisions for their personal health and journey doing the best they can? Have you considered listening to their story, offering a hand with their children may be more of what they need than anyone’s opinion?
There are endless stories of people who want to know Jesus’ love in this but circumstances, fear and personal doubt keep them from crossing over.
How can you be Mercy to those people and guide them home to this faith, love, light and joy that you are entrusted with?
How can you help someone see their own personal resurrection is waiting for them and you will walk with them towards that new day?
The next time when your first thought is one of judgement towards any human being you encounter, I challenge you to stop and be Mercy to that person without question.
BE RESURRECTION TO OTHERS TODAY!