Mercy Bible Study: Session 6 Reflection

Whew! We made it to the end of the bible study, only this last chapter to go! How was it for ya? I hope you were as enlightened and as challenged I was!

Mercy Bible Study: Session 6 Reflection

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The crux of this session is the mandate to be merciful if we expect God to have mercy on us. To illustrate his point, Father Pacwa expounds a bit about the parable of the “Good Samaritan” and the parable of “Lazarus and the Rich Man.” He shows the reader that in both cases, it is how we treat others and how we extend mercy toward them has a direct relation to the mercy we will receive.

In fact, in the discussion questions, Father pointedly asks, “Whom in your life do you need to extend mercy and forgiveness toward? Remember the words of the Our Father: ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.'”

This question strikes a chord in my heart. Recently, a reader bravely shared with me her struggle with anger and bitterness. Oh, that is such a struggle I can relate with! Long-time readers may know that I was born with mild cerebral palsy. I was bullied while growing up and had other things happen that left me wounded. Because of these things, I struggled a long time with forgiveness and mercy. I won’t go as far as to say that I wished ill on those persons but offering forgiveness seemed impossible.

Through the grace of God, and help from some wonderful people, I have been able to heal in many ways and have been able to forgive those who have hurt me. However, it is not an easy process. It takes time. It takes work and it takes patience and it takes the willingness to want to move past the anger and bitterness and turn toward mercy and forgiveness. I have had to forgive and re-forgive. I have had to accept where I am and sometimes just say, “Lord, I want to forgive. I can’t forgive right now but I want to want to forgive. Help me.”

And, guess what? I still have to forgive. I (and you) will be hurt throughout our lives. We will always have people to forgive and we will always need forgiveness for the hurt (knowingly or unknowingly) we have caused others.

Therefore, I ask Father Mitch’s question again: Whom in your life do you need to extend mercy and forgiveness toward? What steps can you take now to begin the healing process in your life? I encourage you deeply consider these questions. Know that I pray for you daily! May God bless you and bring you ever closer to His Sacred Heart.

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Mercy Bible Study: Session 6 Readings

Almost there! We are finally entering session 6 which is the last session in the book. This book/bible study has been so enriching, challenging and stretching for me and I hope it was to you. 🙂

Mercy Bible Study: Session 6 Readings

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This chapter is small, especially in comparison to some of the other chapters. The pages we are reading for July in chapter six are 109-118.

The bible readings are

Daniel 4:19-37

Sirach 1:12

Sirach 1:18

Sirach 1:14

Psalm 111:10

Proverb 1:7

Sirach 2:7, 10-11

Luke 6:36

Sirach 28:4-6

Matthew 5:7

Matthew 23:13-36

Luke 10:25-37

Luke 16:19-31

As always, don’t worry too much about reading every reading. You can also “group read” some of the readings such as reading all the verses from Sirach, all the verses from Luke, etc.

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Mercy Bible Study: Lesson 3 Readings

Mercy Bible Study: Session 3 Readings

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We are now moving on to lesson three of the bible study. Here are the readings for this month:

Hosea 14:1-9

Habakkuk 3:1-19

Jeremiah 31:20-33

Ezekiel 39:25, 37:1-27

Zechariah 1:12-17

Jeremiah 25:11, 29:10-14

Isaiah 60:1-22

Judith 13:14-18

Judith 16:1-17

Exodus 15:20-21

Judges 5

1 Samuel 18:7-8

Wisdom 11:1-10

Proverbs 19:18

John 15:1-2

Hebrews 12:7-11

Wisdom 16:1-10

Numbers 21:4-9

John 3:14-17

Wisdom 12:1-22

Genesis 15:16

Leviticus 18:24-30

Deuteronomy 9:1-5

Deuteronomy 12:29-31

Deuteronomy 18:9-12

Wisdom 12:12-21

Again, don’t go crazy here. Read as many of the scriptures that you can but don’t stress if you don’t get them all read. It is better to spend more time reflecting on less verses than it is to rush through all of them. Besides, as you may notices, some of the scriptures overlap and several of them are grouped according the topic.

As usual, I will offer my thoughts and reflections toward the end of the month.

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Mercy Bible Study: Session 2 Reflection

Happy Easter! I can’t believe that Lent is over and we are already into Easter but it was so early this year. And, it’s not very often that Andrew’s birthday comes after Lent since his birthday is March 31!

Mercy Bible Study Session 2 Reflection

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Now, what did you think of the session 2 bible study? It wrestles with why/how God withholds or grants mercy. This is tough to answer because we certainly cannot understand the mind of God. Father Mitch points out how many people and cities were slaughtered while the Israelites took possession of the Promised Land.

In talking about the judgement against Israel’s former rulers, Father Mitch says that their judgement comes from “the lack of mercy shown to the Lord’s heritage, Israel” (pg 38). He goes on to say, “the nation that does not show mercy to the defeated Israel will find no mercy from God” (pg 39).

Those are strong words and they brought to mind the words from the Gospel, “For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you” (Matthew 7:2)

Of course, God is not a tit-for-tat God who keeps nitpicking track of every action and word we say and do against another person. However, how we treat others does matter. It matters a great deal and the scriptures that we read for this session show us that in a big way.

When Israel was held captive by the Babylonians and others, they were treated cruelly and mercilessly. Their rules showed no mercy and thus received no mercy when they were finally conquered. From the lens of our world view, it seems so harsh and it is hard to understand why God would not only allow, but demand the destruction of those people. However, the world was (obviously) very different back then. The society was a physically violent one and the only think I can think of to reconcile this is that God accepted them where they were at, used it to bring them forward.

We see a progression in the bible, and in our own lives. The understanding of God, and of His mercy, had to grow, albeit, slowly until Jesus shows us the true mercy and love of God. And, we are still growing in that understanding.

This was a tough session to work though. What about you? What struck you about this lesson? Do share in the comments.

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