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Tag: Mercy

How Justice and Mercy are Alike with God

August 12, 2018 6 Comments
How Justice and Mercy are Alike with God

Many people today set mercy and justice in opposition to each other, but where is mercy if justice is absent? Could the victims of genocide really be said to experience mercy if their unrepentant killers were ushered past them into the Kingdom of Heaven? Could Heaven even be Heaven if unrepentant sinners dwelled there? At […]

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Seeing More as God Does

July 4, 2018 1 Comment
Seeing More as God Does

Today I’d like to reflect further on the Gospel reading from today’s Mass (Thursday of the 13th week of the year). It tells the story of the paralyzed man whom Jesus tells to have courage because his sins are forgiven. In one sense this is a rather peculiar response to a paralyzed man: Jesus looks […]

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Fatherhood and Mercy

July 19, 2016 0 Comments
Fatherhood and Mercy

Last weekend I was out in Anacortes, Washington (about a hundred miles north of Seattle) preaching at the Faith on Fire conference. One of the talks I gave was entitled “Mercy and Fatherhood.” In it, I spoke about how a father can show mercy to his children. What follows is my notes for that talk. […]

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Justice and Mercy Are Alike for God

May 10, 2016 3 Comments
Justice and Mercy Are Alike for God

I recently prepared a talk to present to a group of lawyers on the relationship between justice and mercy. The following is a summary of the basic points: I. Distinctions – From our perspective as humans, we tend to distinguish sharply between justice and mercy. For us, justice is the rendering to each person what […]

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Blessed (and also very smart) are the Merciful

March 12, 2014 7 Comments
Blessed (and also very smart) are the Merciful

If, on the way to court, you received advice on how you could influence the judge to be less severe in your case, would you not consider following that advice? Surely you would, unless the “way” involved bribery, or something corrupt. And in fact Jesus, our very judge, has described an upright way that we […]

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Do the Math! Learning the Mathematics of the Kingdom is important for Salvation

September 12, 2013 9 Comments
Do the Math! Learning the Mathematics of the Kingdom is important for Salvation

There is a remarkable set of sayings of Jesus, in Luke’s sermon on the plain that we have been reading recently at daily mass (Click here to See Gospel). These things present a kind of mathematics of the kingdom of God. In effect the Lord says to us, “Pay attention! You are going to be […]

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The Story of Hosea and What It Says About God

May 22, 2012 10 Comments

The story of the Prophet Hosea and his troubled marriage are a powerful testimony to us of our own tendency to be unfaithful to God but also of God’s passionate love for us. The precise details of Hosea’s troubled marriage are sketchy and we are left to fill in some of the details with our […]

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Why Being Merciful Is Smart

March 29, 2011 12 Comments

If, on the way to court, you received advice on how you could influence the judge to be less severe in your case, would you not consider following that advice? Surely I would, unless the “way” involved bribery, or something corrupt. And, in fact, Jesus our very judge, has described an upright way that we […]

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