Mercy provides catholic Anglicans a way to challenge our Protestant brethren with a hermeneutic that is grounded throughout the witness of Scripture (including St. Paul, especially if one reads “grace” as an aspect God’s merciful response to the human condition), is firmly rooted in theological reflections on the Trinity (Kasper especially leans on St. Augustine), and dynamically connects the relationship of the believer to God in Christ with the relationship that disciples are called to share with their neighbors and the political arrangements that are most conducive to human flourishing.
“Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Grace — that is what Rite I communicates. Its Comfortable Words confirm it.
Wilmer bound my emotional wounds. He broadened my understanding of his world.
Donne and Herbert show us what happens when we find ourselves “translated” by the Bible’s figures: our lives are transformed as they are translated into God’s mother tongue, mercy.
When Christians come together to serve the Lord in works of mercy, something very beautiful happens. Our eyes move from our all-too-present divisions to touching Christ in one of the only ways we can together: as he comes to us in the poor.
The point of the parable is that the person who shows mercy to me is my neighbor.