Capsule for the Day
It is very easy to be merciful to others, to see more than their failings and weaknesses. But it is hard to be merciful to oneself. Often, we are our own worst enemies. We are very hard on ourselves. We expect too much from ourselves and when we can't meet our expectations, we give up. We don't see more than our failings. We don't see possibilities.
When we can't forgive ourselves for our failings, we become blind to the hope that mercy offers us. Mercy is about hope. Mercy is about possibilities. Mercy says "I am not the sum of my failings and weaknesses. I am a possibility". "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). I can rise from my fall. I can be healed.
Healing is a big part of mercy. Mercy heals. Mercy restores. Mercy empowers. Mercy helps us to see what we couldn't see. Mercy creates a new me, a new you. Mercy is the face of God. When we are merciful to ourselves, we truly reflect the image and likeness of God. For God sees more than our faults. He sees my, your, our possibilities.
Fr. Francis Afu