Date Added: December 2016
The holiday season is upon us. It is a time for joy, happiness, celebration, and family time. As we end this year and look toward 2017, may we also consider how mercy fits into our daily lives at work, home and in our communities.
Pope Francis said mercy is “the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life… the bridge that connects God and [us], opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever.” Experiencing mercy provides much to be joyful for.
We experience mercy in our daily lives by interacting with those who in need of food, water, clothing, and shelter. We provide works of mercy toward others by counseling, teaching, comforting, forgiving, and praying. The essence of mercy is reflected in how we treat others. It seems we are more cognizant of those in need during the holidays. While not always realizing it or acting on it, we can touch the lives of others through mercy every day.
Regardless of our profession, are we opening our arms to embrace others in acts of mercy? We are all taught to be merciful during our lives. We learned to help those in need. We were instructed to help the invisible become visible. We are supposed to love others.
There is a story about a blind man sitting on a street corner with a can seeking spare change. His sign reads “I’m blind. Please help.” A few people drop change in the can. A woman stops by. Instead of placing change in the can, she picks up the sign and writes on it. Throughout the day, nearly everyone who walks by is now placing change in the can. The man asks someone what his sign says and is told, “It’s a beautiful day and I can’t see it.”
This is mercy. It’s simple. We should create our own acts of mercy toward each other. In doing so, our co-workers, our families, our communities experience divine mercy; which is absolutely something to be joyful for. Happy Holidays!
David Yeghiaian is committed to inspiring others through faith and leadership. Reach him at email@example.com.