Sunday, March 20, 2011
It's important to notice that we need mercy most when we have erred. Mercy doesn't spring from a Zen-like calm; it isn't simply a synonym for gentleness or kindness. Instead, mercy is most vital when there has been offense and anger. Like children who have made a mess, we sin, and even in frustration and anger, God forgives us.
The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
The value of mercy is precisely that it is a voluntary gift that lies outside the law. What a perfect metaphor for God's forgiveness of our sins! I hope the stories help you understand and contemplate the meaning of Kyrie, and I'll be back next week.