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Mercy is freely given on the desire to repent
The gift of mercy is freely distributed if we have an intense desire to repent. God can’t force us to take his hand; but should we do, then we truly experience his ‘showers of blessing‘.
By Fr. Warner D’souza
Divine Mercy is the cover of this month. Mercy by its very definition brings in the dimension of an unmerited grace. It is freely and generously given by a loving God. When we sing the words “Mercy drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead” in that ever popular hymn, we reflect a poor theological understanding of God’s love.
This depth of God’s love is seen in the book of Jonah. The people of Nineveh were the sworn enemies of Jonah’s people and the call of Jonah to execute that message is met with reluctance by the prophet. Jonah is no stranger to the merciful love of God.
He knew that if God had decided to forgive the people then God would execute His plan. So Jonah takes flight in an attempt to delay or perhaps deny God’s mercy to Nineveh. He flees down to Joppa, down into the boat, down into the sea and down into the belly of the whale.
When we flow away from God we always end up in a downward spiral like Jonah. The gift of mercy is freely distributed if we have an intense desire to repent. God can’t force us to take his hand; but should we do, then we truly experience his ‘showers of blessing‘.
(Fr. Warner D'Souza is the priest-in-charge, St. Jude Church, Malad East)
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