When the word mercy is spoken, many associations can come to mind: second chances, overlooking sins, not being legalistic, the list could go on. While all of these could be seen as related to a proper understanding of mercy, greater clarity would be helpful if we are really to benefit from this emphasis—and not be deceived about what mercy really is. So, where do we get our best understanding of mercy? God reveals it to us in Sacred Scripture.
There is a striking passage in the first letter of John that tells us from where we get our understanding of love. As we shall see, mercy is really a dimension of love: “In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins” (9-10). It is from contemplating his love for us that we come to understand what true love and true mercy are.
- Excerpt from an article by Dr. Ralph Martin. Published in The Mosaic, by Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
In an effort to give Sacred Heart parishioners the opportunity to share your gifts of time, talent and treasure, our Adopt-A-Zone program is back. This program invites parishioners to adopt a particular area on the parish grounds to be maintained during the growing season. If you are interested in adopting a zone please contact Matt or Neil at 313-278-5555 ext 108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Zones are filling up fast so be sure to reserve yours soon. Zones 2, 3, 4 and 9 have already been adopted. View the Zone Map here.