God is Mercy and Justice

Sr. Elizabeth Davis, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of NFLD:

Three times in two verses in the first chapter of Genesis, the first book of
the Bible, we are told that humans are made by God in the image and likeness of God - three times in two verses. The writer of Genesis really wants us to get this important message!

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God as Mercy

Sr. Elizabeth Davis, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of NFLD:

The many descriptions of the nature of God are summed up in a few words,"mercy, steadfast love, justice, truth, peace, grace, charity, love, faithfulness, righteousness, compassion." The most quoted of these qualities, is mercy.

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God as Justice

Sr. Elizabeth Davis, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of NFLD:

There is no doubt that God loves justice and righteousness as the psalmist tells us, "For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord" (Ps 33:4-5).

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Doing Mercy

Sr. Elizabeth Davis, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of NFLD:

When Pope Francis became pope, he took his motto from the Venerable Bede, Miserando atque Eligendo. The last word of the motto means "choosing," but Pope Francis tells us that it is not so easy to translate the first word. So he created a new English word, "Mercy-ing."

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Doing Justice

Sr. Elizabeth Davis, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of NFLD:

After speaking about the lilies of the field which have no concerns about
food or clothing, Matthew gives the only requirement for humans, "Strive
first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things
will be given to you as well" (Matt 6:33).

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Mercy and Justice Together

Sr. Elizabeth Davis, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland:

In his encyclical, Rich in Mercy, Pope John Paul concludes that the
relationship between justice and love is manifested as mercy, "These words indicate the profound basis of the relationship between justice and mercy in God, in His relations with man and the world. . . True mercy is, so to speak, the most profound source of justice.

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Radical Inclusion

Sr. Elizabeth Davis, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland:

It is amazing that such a simple act like hospitality - our hospitality to
the God who chooses to live among us and our hospitality to the stranger, to the ones who are hungry, thirsty, naked, sick and imprisoned - could be so important in living in God's image and likeness.

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