“Blessed are the merciful” – Q&A #4

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Question: Did Jesus always express mercy to others, even to those who wanted to harm him?

Answer: The mercy and compassion of Jesus made him the most remarkable man on earth. Compassion is a feeling of pity for someone, that is coupled with a strong desire to help or give aid. Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Jesus was compassionate, true, faithful to rebuke, ready to forgive.” (‘02 18)  Jesus set an example for us all.

The Bible tells us many times that when Jesus saw the multitudes following him, he “was moved with compassion.” No matter how tired he was, he would take time to talk to them, and would be concerned about their welfare, or their need for food and drink. He showed concern for those who were often ignored by others: the lepers, the disabled, women, and children. And, when he was dying on the cross, Jesus prayed to God for his enemies: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23)

In fact, the whole life of Jesus was an act of compassion for mankind. He appeared to mortals, and willingly suffered the torment of hatred, in order to show us all the way out of the darkness
of materiality. Mrs. Eddy further writes:

“The last act of the tragedy on Calvary rent the veil of matter, and unveiled Love’s great legacy to
mortals: Love
forgiving its enemies.” (Mis. 124)

This Beatitude is one that Jesus lived, even to the cross. He is the Wayshower.

Practice: Can you think of a way to express your gratitude for Jesus today?

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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