let us love one another.
For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments;
this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning,
in which you should walk.
Second Letter of John 6
As we enter into the week of Thanksgiving, we will most likely see plenty of opportunities to express that Christian love and charity that is evident in food drives and relatives who change their schedules and travel, and even extended family members all seated at one table. I pray for the grace to be a good Christian witness, and for there to be peace in our homes and communities as we settle into next week.
What about mercy? Let's add that to our family's prayer intentions because without mercy and forgiveness there won't be peace. Without mercy, grace can be only partially received, so that we are merely shadows of what we could be if we could be filled with grace. Very importantly, just as we know the saying that "Peace begins with me" from the song "Let There Be Peace", let us also realize that mercy begins with us, you and me and sometimes that includes having mercy and forgiving yourself. Let God extend His mercy for all. This is Love.