Mercy Bible Study: Sesson One Readings

As I mentioned last month, I am blogging through my bible study using the study guide Mercy by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. In January we read the introduction and reflected on the connection between Divine Mercy and the Sacred Heart of Mercy.

Mercy Bible Study: Session 1 Readings


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Now, for February we begin to delve into the bible study and read pages 19 through 31. There are also several scripture verses to read and “investigate”:

Sirach 28:1-2

Matthew 6:12-15

Mark 11:25

Luke 17:3

Ephesians 4:32

Colossians 3:12-13

Sirach 28:3-5

Sirach 28:6

Matthew 18:21-35

Matthew 9:9-11

Matthew 9:12-13

Sirach 2:1-18

Don’t be intimidated by the number of passages to read. Many of the verses are very short with only one verse to read. Just take your time. If you read one passage a day you will get through them in 13 days. Toward the end of the month I will post any reflections or insights I discover.

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Mercy Bible Study Introduction Reflection

Mercy Bible Study Intro Reflection

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For this month’s bible study we were to read the introduction pages 13-18. This short chapter is loaded with thought-provoking nuggets. It starts out, of course, by laying out the purpose and sequence of the book. Then Fr Pacwa shows the connection between Saint John Paul II’s  forced labor experience in World War II and his experience of mercy – and why it is relevant. Then it goes on to explain why the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the devotion to His Divine Mercy are intertwined and dearly needed.

For those who are not familiar with either devotion, there are two inserts, once that gives a blurb about the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a larger blurb about the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I love how Fr. Pacwa reminds us of the amazing promises offered to those who participate in the devotion of the Sacred Heart.

My favorite quote from this section comes toward the end of the introduction:

“A rediscovery of God’s role in history, the importance and benefit of authentic religion, and the need for merciful forgiveness of our rejection of God and his laws will be a tremendous boon for modern people to learn, to extend mercy to fellow human beings equally made in the image and likeness of God.”

This passage struck me because sometimes we have to look into the past before we can go forward. Fr. Pacwa reminds us that we need to step back, regroup, and remember where we came from so that we can go forward as ambassadors of Christ for our fellow people.

Would you agree? What are your thoughts on this chapter or on the above quote?

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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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