Friday, 30 September 2016

Fear of Mercy

This year the Church commemorates the year of mercy.  However, one strange feeling crept over me today as I listened to someone helping another person with her troubles in life.  Perhaps there is also a psychological dimension to it.  The fact is that mercy is feared!

Just like love can cut through any hard heartened person and transform him or her into another person altogether, experience of mercy really touches the core of a person.

Moreover it is an expression of strength without being showy about it.  Though it apparently seems like cowardice and inability, mercy is not possible for the weak.  Most people however, would like to 'appear' strong rather than truly 'be' strong.  Gentleness and meekness are not considered by the general public as virtues. Hence a facade of 'strong' feelings and expressions.  

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