The second Sunday of Easter is known as Divine Mercy Sunday and calls us to a place of deepened awareness of God’s mercy towards us.
Mercy is a word we often use but maybe we don’t always fully understand it. Where and when mercy is shown, God’s Hand is truly at work because it is not deserved.
If we are able to show mercy to another, we are coming from a place of Grace that allows us to forgive where it might be totally understandable for us to harbour a grudge. There is a story told of one of Napoleon’s soldiers who deserted the army and was due to be executed.
The soldier’s mother worked for Napoleon and begged his mercy for her son. The story goes that Napoleon empathised with the mother but pointed out that what her son had done was unpardonable and that he did not deserve mercy, not was he entitled to it.
The mother said: “I know he does not deserve it. If he did, it would not be mercy.”
Mercy is not deserved. It is a gift, freely given even when not deserved.