October 20, 2019
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy”. Although some ancient cultures equated mercy with weakness, by and large, our culture reveres it. When we think of mercy, we think compassion, pity or sympathy. Mercy is something we DO – it’s a compassionate response to a need. And taking time to care for someone in need often feels natural and makes us feel good. But mercy has another side that doesn’t always come easy or feel good – as a redemptive response to evil. How can we show the kind of true mercy Jesus intended for us?
-Stevi is a longtime parishioner of St Philip’s and a member of our Preaching Team. Having served our parish as Sr. Warden and Director of Community, she is currently engaged in seminary work and discerning a call to ministry.