A Chance
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Instruments of Reconciliation

Day 4: Wednesday, week 1

Jesus, The Face of God’s Mercy

Jesus throughout his ministry showed the face of God’s mercy. From the cross, Jesus’ cry from the bottom of his heart, “Father forgive them; for they know not what they are doing,” (Lk 23:34), resounds through the ages.

Herein lies the paradox: Jesus assuredly recognized the power of evil with every wrenching pain in his body, the rejection of himself and his message. Yet, instead of crying out against those who had brought about his condemnation, strength to withstand the onslaught came from his relationship, his inner communion with God, whom he called ‘Abba.’ Jesus’ person is nothing but love, a love given gratuitously.

Keeping before us the story of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus then is essential. In living the challenges of life, our personal moments of dying and rising, the resurrection of Jesus is an ongoing reminder that life conquers death, and that good indeed triumphs over evil and violence of every kind perpetrated against humankind and our precious planet.



  • When I lose confidence, believe that everything is lost, what enables me to stand tall and continue my journey?
  • In those moments, what sustains, nourishes my hope?
  • In the midst of conflicts in which we live today, do I perceive God’s merciful love, compassion in people’s humanitarian actions?


Psalm 138

Lord, on the day I called, you answered me.

I give you thanks, O Lord,
with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down before your holy temple
and give thanks to your name
for your steadfast love and your

For you have exalted your name
and your word above everything.
On the day I called, you answered me,
You increased my strength of soul.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.

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