As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Awhile back the sermon at church and discussion in our small group was on the Beatitude...Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
That got me thinking. What does mercy look like to you? To me mercy is helping someone who cannot help themself. Someone who is in circumstances that they cannot possibly change by themselves. Someone who needs to have another person come along side them and pick them up and help them stand. There are so many people in this world who are living in very hard circumstances. They just need someone who is willing to step out of their comfort zone and help. Is there someone in your life or around you that you can extend mercy to? I think there probably is. There is always someone who is in need.