THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2016
THE AWESOME MERCY OF GOD
Today’s gospel: Luke 1:46-56
“His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.”
(v.50). This is the wonderful assurance given us by Mary in
her canticle. God’s mercy is extended to anyone and
everyone at any time. Such mercy is an overturning of the
wisdom of the world. It goes against the grain. It gives what
is undeserved. As such it gives hope to those who otherwise
would be hopeless.
is God’s mercy such an awesome and mysterious thing?
The God of mercy is “God my savior” (v.47).
God, the supreme Being, lowered Himself to man’s level,
and even lower, as a slave, as a suffering servant, and
by His incredible self-sacrifice won salvation to those
who did not deserve it.
“has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold,
from now on will all ages call me blessed.” (v.48).
God took a lowly, ordinary, unknown girl and lifted her
up to become the mother of His Son. God takes us who too
are lowly and extends to us the blessing of being His children.
“The Mighty One has done great things for me, and
holy is his name.” (v.49). God is not content to lift
us out of the misery of sin and darkness, but raises us
to the heights, to be holy as He is holy, to be perfect
as He is perfect.
has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted
up the lowly.” (v.52). God brings justice, which cannot
seem to be achieved in this world. The rich become richer
while the poor become poorer, and only God can reverse such
an unjust situation. Those who are firmly entrenched are
ousted and brought down, and those who have been oppressed
are lifted up.
hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent
away empty.” (v.53). God overturns the corrupt world
order. Those who have rejected Him are left empty-handed,
while those who are His beloved poor are filled with goodness.
Have you lived your life apart from God? Have you strayed
from the straight and narrow path? Now is the time to be restored,
in this Year of Mercy. Nothing in your life is so entrenched
that it cannot be overturned by God. Stand on His promises.
“He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy,
according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to
his descendants forever.” (v.55). You are a child of
Abraham and God’s promise of mercy is for you.
more can we say? “My soul proclaims the greatness of
the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” (v.46-47).
THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2016
THE MEANING OF MERCY
Today’s psalm: Psalm 103:1-10
What is the definition of mercy? Today’s psalm provides
the answer. “He has not dealt with us as our sins merit,
nor requited us as our wrongs deserve.” (v.10). Mercy
is not executing the judgment or imposing the penalty we deserve
for our transgressions.
mercy of God is quite amazing. Despite our sins and our constantly
falling into sin, despite the hardness of our hearts, despite
our lack of adequate response to His call to holiness, God
is still there for us. He never gives up on us. He does not
disown us. “Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow
to anger, abounding in mercy.” (v.8).
fact, even as we could be rightly and justly judged, God does
not focus on our sins but on how we can be brought back to
Him. He does not condemn but rather is patient in waiting
on us to respond to His love and mercy. “He will not
always accuse, and nurses no lasting anger” (v.9).
when we do respond, then God is gracious and forgiving, forgets
how we have hurt Him, gives us a full restorative embrace,
and restores us to spiritual health. God is He “who
pardons all your sins, and heals all your ills” (v.3).
a radical change the mercy of God accomplishes in us. We are
brought from darkness to light, from the depths of sin to
the heights of restoration, from hopelessness to a future
full of hope. God is He “who redeems your life from
the pit, and crowns you with mercy and compassion” (v.4).
praise to the God who is merciful. “Bless the Lord,
my soul; all my being, bless his holy name!” (v.1).