The daily headlines also call this question.
How do we understand mercy, and how do we live mercy as thousands of asylum seekers are routinely turned away from U.S. and global borders without due process under the law?
How do we understand mercy, and how do we live mercy as the planet and her systems are continuously abused and forsaken by our greed, ignorance, and selfishness?
How do we understand mercy, and how do we live mercy when our ever-escalating military budget is fed by disproportionate cuts to food programs for our nation’s most vulnerable?
How do we understand mercy and how do we live mercy when corporate criminals are routinely exonerated while women and men languish in our prison system because they are poor and have ineffective legal representation?
Mercy is not just the act of forgiving injustice; mercy is also the act of giving justice in all our relationships—with earth, with our global brothers and sisters and within the social systems and structures in which we are meant to thrive.
Jesus asked Thomas to believe by putting his hand in Jesus’ wound. So let us do likewise. Let us extend our hands, this Mercy Sunday, and in the days to come, into the wounds of our planet, our society and the wounds of our many brothers and sisters who await our mercy.
Mercy is not just the act of forgiving injustice; it is also the act of giving justice.
Sister Arlene Flaherty, OP