Mercy is an important element of the landscape along our journey towards a closer relationship with God, especially during Lent. We not only receive the mercy of God, but we are called to share mercy with those around us.
Mercy is generous. Mercy is healing. Mercy is compassion. Mercy is God.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus spells out exactly where we can find him and how we must serve each other: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me” (Mt 25:35-36).
This Lent, what corporal work of mercy could you practice within your Church of the Home? Laura Kelly Fanucci gives some ideas of how we can live out the corporal works of mercy within our homes:
Feed the Hungry
As you make breakfast, plan lunches, cook dinner or pack snacks, do you stop to consider your work as holy? What if you saw each meal you served in your home, to family or friends or anyone at your table, as a chance to break bread with Christ? Showing hospitality to strangers is a chance to entertain angels unawares (Heb 13:2), but those same grace-filled possibilities extend to welcoming toddlers and teenagers to our tables, too.
Give Drink to the Thirsty
My home collects empty water glasses like it’s the latest TikTok trend, but I try to remind myself each time a thirsty child asks for a cup that Christ himself said he’d show up in this way (