Before you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments to set aside all distractions. Take three long, deep breaths. Remember that you are in the loving presence of God.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
The Beatitudes are like a self-portrait of Jesus. Throughout the Gospels, we see how Jesus had mercy on the sick, the outcast, and those who were in need. As followers of Jesus, we are called to do the same. We don’t need to look far to discover opportunities to show mercy: lending an ear to a co-worker who needs someone to talk to, offering a ride to someone without a car, sitting with a sick neighbor so his or her spouse gets a break. The promise Jesus makes is that the one who shows mercy will be shown mercy. It’s a win-win choice.
How ready am I to show mercy to another today?
How have I been treated mercifully by another recently?
(Pray to Jesus, using this prayer or one of your own.)
Merciful Jesus, guide me in your way of mercy.
Open my eyes to see how I can show mercy to those I encounter today.