Mercy is fearless and unafraid. Mercy doesn’t point a finger, hold on to the past or criticize wrongdoing. Mercy recognizes painful truth but pours out a balm of love on it. Mercy is unending, all powerful, almost overwhelming in its capacity to transform us. Even just that first word provokes contemplation…mercy WITHOUT END, mercy with no limits, forever merciful. Mercy wants to touch and heal the heart, place it in His own Heart, a heart to be imbued and protected by a Heart that only wants heal and strengthen. The truth is all men and women are wounded, all men and women need healing. The depth of healing usually occurs with the depth of making one’s self vulnerable. The fact that His Mercy heals hearts is also affirmation of the fact that He is aware and recognizes the pain and hurt inflicted by others. It is an awareness that allows them but doesn’t “will” them; and then He makes Himself the Divine Healer of that heart. And though we are broken and in need of healing we still don’t “deserve” this healing, it is gratuitous. As one song which we sang today reveals: “Who of us is sinless in this place? Who of us deserves your saving grace? Who of us is good at all without your blessed love that falls upon our hearts to heal our brokenness? You alone are holy, your alone are Lord, you alone are worthy to be honored and adored. Mercy you have given, kindness you have shown, love is you alone”.
A mom or dad can’t take away the pain of a child who suffers betrayal or hurt from a friend but they can hold them and love them and give them comfort. Mysteriously, many times God doesn’t take away all the pain we experience in our life although He could if He so wills. However, He always strengthens us, purifies our capacity to love and gives healing. Divine Mercy wants to reach our hearts. He wants to touch them, to hold our hearts and keep them in His heart.