April 15, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray once again with the beautiful words of Psalm 34:
I will bless the LORD at all times;Psalm 34:2-9
praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the one who takes refuge in the Lord.
Today’s verses offer us this tender image of God’s lavish mercy:
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;Psalm 34: 19-20
and those who are crushed in spirit God saves.
Many are the troubles of the just one,
but out of them all the LORD delivers us.
And John’s Gospel today affirms God’s extravagant tenderness toward us:
May we just rest in these images letting the Lord cradle our heartbreaks and those of our suffering world.
Poetry: The Merchant of Venice, Act IV, Scene I –William Shakespeare
The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
'T is mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown:
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice.
Music: A Broken Heart – Luke Mayernik