Capsule for the Day
"Hesed" is a Hebrew word that means the consistent, ever-faithful, extravagant, furious love of the Father. It means mercy. The merciful are those who reflect the consistent and "furious" love of the Father. They are those who have been loved unconditionally and they can love in return. This love brings happiness to both the lover and beloved.
But notice the adjective furious. It is indeed a painful kind of love. The lover suffers and sometimes it is an untold suffering. Again, the image of childbirth comes to mind here. In loving, the lover weeps and most times, he or she weeps uncontrollably because he/she loves. However, there is always consolation, "for your weeping will be turned into joy".
So, "happy indeed are the merciful". Happy are those who can go through the crucible of loving as the Father loves. Our model here is the Father. Love cost Him, his Only Son. For us, love may cost our job, our finances, our relationship etc. Love always has a price tag, and gee, it is a high price. A price that leaves us with no "buyer's remorse" - HAPPINESS.
Fr. Francis Afu