“The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest. It becomes
The thronèd monarch better than his crown.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings,
But mercy is above this sceptered sway.
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings.
It is an attribute to God himself.
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew, 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. I have spoke thus much
To mitigate the justice of thy plea,
Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice
Must needs give sentence ‘gainst the merchant there” – Portia – Act 4: Scene 1 Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Seeking Mercy, Seeking Home by Erika A. Hewitt
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Merriam Webster defines mercy as compassion or forbearanc; lenient or compassionate treatment; a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion; a fortunate circumstance; or compassionate treatment of those in distress.
In “Seeking Mercy, Seeking Home” Rev. Erika A. Hewitt discusses immigration and mercy.
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Mercy is defined in the dictionary as “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.”
What does Mercy mean to you? Is mercy something we do? Is mercy just for the Divine?
Here is some beautiful music to listen to while thinking about mercy.
Seeking Mercy, Seeking a Home by Erika Hewitt
May we learn mercy. May we breathe it in ourselves and breathe it out for others.
What does mercy mean to you? How can we be merciful in our daily lives? Who do we need to give mercy to? Who do we need mercy from?