Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

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Sometimes I or the woman who is currently allowing me to live with her will get up in the morning, make coffee and turn on the news.  The rest of the day is spent trying to recover from this act of poor judgement.  The news is filled with pandemic, racial injustice, political divisiveness and economic turmoil.  I think back to the good old days.  It was all clear then.  Now I don’t know the answers.  Heck, I don’t even know the questions.

A few years ago, I went to a workshop with Rick Love, co-founder of Peace Catalyst International.  He was going to teach us how to be a catalyst for peace.  I thought “Great, now I will know what to do.  Should I support a PAC, march on Washington or chain myself to a missile silo?”  Rick said all I needed to do was change my heart.

I have been listening to a podcast by James Finley, produced by the Center for Action and Contemplation, called Turning to the Mystics.  In the fourth session on Teresa of Avila Finley says, and I am paraphrasing, “Thought comes fast.  Understanding comes slow.  We need to know more than we need to think.  There is thought, then in a touch you hear the Master’s voice produce a sense of quiet.  Before we start our day we may pray, in the business of the day Lord, I may forget you, don’t forget me, then in reading where Jesus says “Fear not” it is not the deathless presence of Jesus saying “Fear not” but it is the deathless presence of Jesus speaking directly to us ‘Fear not’”

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; Psalm 46:10.

Thank you, Lord for being our rock. Amen.

Mark Autterson