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“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” – Thomas Merton
Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger, abounding in mercy.
Jesus said that if you know him, then you know God.
He told his followers, “From now on you do know him and have seen him” (John 14:7).
Jesus’ entire ministry was about healing and restoring people.
His message was that we must forgive always (Matthew 18:21-22) and that we must love our enemies (Matthew 5:44).
Jesus forgave his killers from the cross when they had not even asked for forgiveness (Luke 23:34)!
This is the true reflection of who God is.
God is love (1 John 4:8).
We are loved unconditionally!
Does this mean there aren’t consequences for our hurtful actions?
No, of course there are.
Good works have reverberations throughout all of creation and so do bad works.
Many Near Death Experiencers have described how they went through a “life-review” before returning to their bodies.
They felt the pain that they had inflicted on others and they also experienced the joy of others whom they had uplifted.
But what made this so transforming was that they experienced it all in the Light of total Love.
They realized they were here in this earthly realm to learn to love and to share that love.
They learned that everything-is-connected.
These NDE’ers returned to their bodies as changed people with a whole new outlook on life.
What if we all believed this and lived our lives in this Light of Love?
Then what Jesus called the “kingdom of God” would come alive in this place and time.
Jesus called each of us to follow him.
We are to be the hands, feet, and voice of Divine Mercy.
May it be so!
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