The merciful are blessed, for they will be shown mercy.
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Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.
- The merciful are those who are compassionate towards others who are in need, or towards someone who has offended them. Do you think that being merciful comes as a result of experiencing mercy? Why or why not?
- Once again, there may be a progression in the Beatitudes. If we recognize our own spiritual poverty that leads us to mourn our sin, this may result in being gentle with others who are also sinners and in need, and lead us to hunger and thirst for righteousness. If we recognize our need for mercy, then this will make us more merciful towards others. How are you in need of mercy?
- Read the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant in Matthew 18:21–35. How does this parable shed light on what Jesus is teaching? Can we really understand and experience mercy when we are unwilling to show it to others?
- Say a prayer, thanking God for His mercy towards you.
- To whom can you demonstrate mercy today? Remember, mercy is often best seen when it is demonstrated towards someone in need, or (even more difficult) someone who has offended you.