Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson
This very Sunday marks the third anniversary of Pope Francis’ election in 2013. How appropriate that amid the Year of Mercy our Holy Father has proclaimed, today’s Lenten gospel should tell us of an unforgettable act of Jesus’ mercy on a terrified unnamed woman.
It certainly is obvious that mercy is one of those qualities in a person that is best shown by action rather than by words. Do you remember Eliza Doolittle’s demand in the musical hit “My Fair Lady” when she sings to her boyfriend after hundreds of speech lessons: “Don’t talk of love: show me!?” That’s what we all look for, from other people and even from God.