(Luke 6)

Someone asked Jesus who was his neighbor. Jesus told him a story about three men and how they treated people. Jesus asked, “Which was a neighbor?” He answered, “The one who was merciful.” Jesus said, “Go and do likewise.”

“The one who was merciful. . . .” Mercy could well be the hallmark of the life of Jesus.  

Lord God, your merciful love reaches beyond the limits of words. It is a love that encompasses all understanding of human weakness and is ready and willing to forgive and forget.