The Divine Mercy Of God

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III. Touching Divine Mercy
• Concept of mercy
We begin to touch divine mercy in the Hebrew Bible. Geiko Müller-Fahrenholz indicates, “The mercy of God is ‘womb-like.’ God is like a mother who carries her unborn child, sharing her very life with it, making space within herself for the new being, nurturing new life with her own blood.” The Christian understanding of divine mercy is the “reflection of God’s love [hesed] for all creatures and for creation itself. It is that love for finite creatures that makes forgiveness possible.” In the Bible, hence, the Hebraic word hesed can be translated into both “love” and “mercy.” God forgives us because God constantly loves us; differently, we forgive others because we want to have freedom or a release of the past.
Touching divine mercy is experiencing divine tenderness of love. It challenges us about the bitterness of human forgiveness and helps to explore sweetness of forgiveness as well. One of the most challenges is the call to love our own enemies. For God, to forgive means to show divine merciful love or loving mercy (hesed), and Jesus wants us to practice that perfect love toward our enemies as God is the perfect One (Matt 5:43-48). Walter Kasper summarizes the teaching of the church fathers that loving our enemies needs to be considered as the Christian identity (Clement), the “fundamental law” (Tertullian), the “highest instantiation of virtue” (Chrysostom), an “obligation not to repay evil for evil” (Ambrose), the
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