Friday, August 05, 2022

Tauler: mercy

Friday, August 5, 2022
    Feast of Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642
    Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
    —Matthew 5:7 (NIV)
    Mercy is the attribute that God shows forth in all His works: therefore a merciful man is a truly godlike man. For mercy is brought forth by love and kindness. Therefore the true Friends of God are much more merciful, and more ready to believe in the sinful and suffering, than those who are not loving. Mercy is born of that love which we ought to exercise towards each other.
    ... Johannes Tauler (ca. 1300-1361), The Inner Way, Sermon XXV (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:7; Hos. 6:6; Amos 5:24; Mic. 6:8; Luke 6:36; Col. 3:12-13; Jas. 2:12-13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, increase our love.
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