Mercy on the Path to Perfect

Mercy on the Path to Perfect

I’ve decided that I need to focus on finding satisfaction with what is instead of focusing on how things ought to be. I’m not giving up my hope that the ideal may someday be realized, but I’ve decided that a work in progress and any movement toward the ideal is still worth celebrating.

I look to Jesus as my model. While he’s clear about his expectation of us: “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), in the parallel passage from Luke’s Gospel, he asks his disciples to “Be merciful, just as [also] your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). So, we are to strive to be perfect, but we must be merciful with ourselves and others when we fall short of that goal.

I can do that. How about you?

What in your life falls short of the ideal of how you think it “ought to be”? How is God calling you to be merciful and joyful in this situation?

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About the Author

Joan McKamey has served in many capacities in her 15 years with Franciscan Media. She is currently the managing editor of Catholic Update, a monthly publication for adult faith formation of individuals and small groups. She also draws on her years as a parish catechetical leader in her columns for the monthly e-newsletter Faith Formation Update. She is married and is raising a teenage daughter.