The image here of Jesus’ love and mercy pouring over all of us and washing away our sin is very powerful. By being washed in his love and mercy we can learn how to extend the same to all those we meet. As we look at the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, the line, “break my heart for what breaks yours” becomes a prayer.
When I listen to this song I am reminded that it is when we approach Jesus with humility that we can accept his mercy. A proud person or one unaware of their sins has no need for mercy. Trading a worldly crown for Jesus’ mercy gives us what we need to be who God calls us to be.
We have both Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy that we are called to practice in our daily life. They serve as reminders to us that we are both body and soul and both must be nourished and sustained.
The Corporal Works of Mercy are:
- To feed the hungry;
- To give drink to the thirsty;
- To clothe the naked;
- To harbour the harbourless;
- To visit the sick;
- To ransom the captive;
- To bury the dead.
- To instruct the ignorant;
- To counsel the doubtful;
- To admonish sinners;
- To bear wrongs patiently;
- To forgive offences willingly;
- To comfort the afflicted;
- To pray for the living and the dead.
Throwback to when I was a youth minister, but fits for the theme of mercy!
Receive God’s mercy and grace.