(8) When we experience mercy it is always the mercy of love because God is love (1 John 4:8, 16). Jesus came to reveal love and to invite us to accept the fact that we are God’s beloved daughters and sons–and then, to live accordingly, which is to live the life of love each day via the two great commandments.
Everything in Jesus was about manifesting the love of God–every thought, every word, every deed. The primary word for this is compassion. Jesus puts a face on God. It is the face of compassion. It is the face of mercy–the face of love, shepherding us (guiding) and saving us (guarding), so that we may not miss seeing Who God is and who we are.
Once our hearts are filled with God’s mercy, and we know ourselves to be God’s beloved daughters and sons, we are given “eyes to see” that everyone is similarly shown mercy and equally beloved. Who we are is who everybody else is! This changes everything and provides the soil in our souls where the fruit of the Spirit can grow.
[Note: the numbers at the beginning of each meditation correspond to the section of the Pope’s document on which it is based]