I had a professor in college who had a policy that a student could write on his test paper the phrase, “God’s greatest attribute is His Mercy.” No matter how poorly one might have done on the test as long as you remembered that phrase the professor would pass you. He felt it was such an important piece of knowledge that if you learned that you had learned a lot. I was a terrible student so this was a comforting practice for me. It also got me thinking about God’s Mercy more often.
The Magnitude of God’s mercy just cannot be understood by our human finite minds. It is far too great to understand. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take the time to contemplate it. In fact the opposite is true. We should meditate on God’s mercy often.
It seems that the only things in this world that can do justice as illustrations of God’s Mercy are His creations. Mother Angelica tells a story (If I remember correctly) about a time when she was walking on the beach and the Lord told her to pick up a pebble and throw it in the water. Then the Lord told her to find it. She says, “Lord how can I find it in this whole ocean of water?” and the Lord told her that is how our sin is when we bring it His mercy. God’s Mercy is like an ocean, a waterfall, a canyon, a mountain, a galaxy and, yes, a universe. We do not have the ability to spend it. We do not have the ability to use it up. It is endless and that is why there is hope for the most hardened of sinners. That is why there is hope for you and that it why there is hope for me. Lets spend sometime thinking about the ocean, or the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls and meditate on the fact that those vast measurements are but a drop or a tiny space compared with the incredible Mercy God has for us.
I am in need of an ocean of Mercy and I am in luck because my God has one. May God have mercy on us and upon our whole world.
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.