The Scripture proposed in today’s Lenten Moment of Mercy is from Deuteronomy 4:9:
But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.
Each of us, I suspect, has seen things which have delighted us so deeply that we can still picture the events, have witnessed moments so moving that our hearts are permanently marked by them, and have looked at other things so sad or terrible that we are never able to forget them.
I recall a little moment of mercy from long ago. When I was about 16, my sister and I were shopping in London. She spotted a homeless person whose bag had split beyond repair. She immediately went to her car, dumped everything from her own bag onto the back seat, and gave it to the homeless person. Hardly worth mentioning it, really. Except that I never forgot that simple act of kindness and it started me thinking about how I could help others and that eventually led me to the Jesuits. Our smallest actions sometimes speak loudly to others.
Let’s take some time to savor the great and glorious things we’ve experienced and let’s also determine to do our best so that others might be able to avoid some of the terrible things we have had to witness.