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 by Fr. Pacwa (Introduction)

If you read my post the other day, you know that of my goals for this year is to do one bible study per month.  However, I wasn’t sure how I was going to go about it. I knew for sure that I wanted to tie it into the Jubilee Year of Mercy but that was about it.

Mercy Bible Study Introduction

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As I was searching around online, I found the book, Mercy: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics, by Fr. Mitch Pacwa. Bingo! The book is broken down into six sections and each section includes scripture and catechesis, exercises and reflection/discussion questions (if doing with a group). My plan is to do one chapter per month for the next six months and then choose another book for the rest of the year (which I have picked already, but more on that later!).

To help me stay accountable, I decided to blog through the bible study. And maybe you would like to do the study with me? My plan is to post the readings and scriptures at the beginning of the month and then post my answers/reflections/insights at the end of the month. If you want to follow along you can post your comments or insights, too.

Here we go:

For this month, there is no scripture reading. All you have to do is get the book which you can get inexpensively on Amazon.com and then just read the introduction pages 13-18. Easy peasey. 🙂

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