A Ministry of Mercy

man looking for mercyThis post is based on Week Six of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure.

Last year Pope Francis called for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, and much of my online writing and retreat work centered around the topic of mercy. As a result, I understand Jesus’ ministry in a whole new way as a ministry of mercy.

Jesus’ public ministry had elements to it that were based in the message of mercy, such as:

  • Seeing with compassionate eyes
  • Choosing faith over law
  • Healing
  • Reading human hearts
  • Responding to deepest needs

Jesus’ model of mercy is one that is not outdated and only for the past. It is the same ministry of mercy that we are invited to be part of as Jesus’ disciples today. As we encounter others, we might ask ourselves:

  • Who do I encounter that needs compassion?
  • Who challenges me to put down the law and look at them with the eyes of faith?
  • Who in my life is desperate for healing?
  • Who are the brokenhearted around me?
  • Who do I see mourning?

Jesus didn’t just see and notice people, but he also responded to the deepest needs in human hearts. How might I not only see but respond to the needs around me and further Jesus’ ministry today?

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Becky Eldredge
Becky Eldredge is a writer and spiritual director in Baton Rouge, LA. The author of Busy Lives & Restless Souls and The Inner Chapel, Becky holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans. She has her Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Spring Hill College. Becky has been involved in ministry for more than 15 years, with the majority of her work in retreat ministry and adult faith formation. While ministry is one of her passions, her greatest joy is sharing life with her husband, Chris, and her children, Brady, Abby, and Mary.



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