Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Shakespeare: mercy

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
    Feast of Monica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387
    Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
    —James 2:12-13 (NIV)
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,—
That, in the course of justice, none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy.
    ... William Shakespeare (1564-1616), The Merchant of Venice, in The Dramatic Works of William Shakspeare, London: Jones, 1823, Act IV, scene 1, p. 200 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 2:12-13; Jer. 9:23-24; Amos 5:24; Matt. 5:7; Eph. 2:4-5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I cannot stand without Your mercy.
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