Jesus didn’t heal a sick person or deliver someone from demons, as He did many times later. But what He did do tells us something very important that relates to the Easter mysteries.
This has been an exceedingly difficult time for many because of all that has transpired in the past year of 2020. The fearful unknowns, unending what-ifs, sleepless nights, and nervousness from dealing with the pandemic, the lockdowns, economic crisis, mask mandates and the nationwide riots and a contentious election has led many to a sense of hopelessness and despair. Mental health issues have greatly increased as a result, becoming a graver pandemic than any virus out there.
Mercy is the preeminent quality of God. God is mercy. But God is also perfect Justice. We often think of justice as the opposite of mercy, but in reality it’s a critical component of it. Christianity is unique in that God’s mercy is shown through His justice.
We find ourselves today in a contentious, chaotic and divided culture. Many are struggling emotionally after dealing with the pandemic, the lockdown, and now watching riots and violence in every city across the country.
It’s that time of year again. Time to take down the Christmas decorations, make some resolutions and forge ahead into the New Year.