Pondering God’s ocean of mercy while stretching, straining and breathing really hard…

OK, maybe I didn’t ponder “while” exercising, but immediately after, I set this down! Today I started my SoulCore exercises again. SoulCore is a Catholic version of yoga. The moves are yoga like, I’m told. I have only tried it once or twice. But my daughter, who has practiced yoga more than a few times, suggested this to me. In fact, she gave me my first DVD as a Mother’s Day gift a couple of years ago. I love it. All the movements are done to Catholic prayers. The one she sent me is to the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. I used the Divine Mercy version today. We pray the chaplet while moving and stretching to the prayers of St. Faustina and then meditate on a Scripture quote before each set of prayers. Well, I try to meditate. Mostly I am breathing really hard, heart pounding, as I endure the words the instructor is saying! But I try each time she speaks to focus on the meaning of her words. And I do end with a resounding, if breathless, “Jesus, I trust in You!”

While we are living in our ‘transition’ home – the temporary lodging between the last set of Army quarters and the new retirement home – I am using my Mac Book to play the DVD’s. I had to purchase an external hard drive as Macs don’t have a place to insert a DVD. Anyway, it’s smaller than my TV and it’s a new room, smaller than my office at Ft. Eustis. But it will do and I am grateful for modern technology that allows me to pray and stay fit at the same time. A true blessing. And now, my thoughts on God’s mercy…

I don’t believe any of us can definitively comprehend it. Who can comprehend the depth and breadth of the ocean standing on the shore?  The eye can only see as far as the horizon. So, trying to wrap my mind around oceans of God’s mercy is impossible. It cannot be measured. But what a comfort that is.  We are each in need of a Savior, and He has been provided by an all loving Father God.  When Someone will stand in our place to save us, how could we ever repay that debt? When Someone dies so we might live, how can we doubt His love for us?  Here’s someone who doesn’t deserve our punishment, but He takes it on willingly.  Like a “lamb to the slaughter”. It overwhelms our emotions and our understanding.  If you contemplate it, for any amount of time, if you place yourself in the scene. As a person in the crowd, witnessing His walk down the Way of Suffering, the impulse is to reach out and grab Him. To snatch Him away before anyone can harm Him any worse than He already has been. The impulse is to jump in between Him and His persecutors and yell, “Leave Him alone!”  But that’s in contemplation. What would we really have done? We can never know.  Perhaps, like Peter, we would run away in fear. And later regret it. And be forgiven. Perhaps, like the people who saw Him as He struggled along with the cross, we’d jeer and join in the chaos. And regret it. And be forgiven.  But we don’t have to worry about any of that for we were born in this time for a purpose that God only knows.  So we can contemplate the scene and yearn to protect Our Lord and realize how unworthy and imperfect we are. But we realize that He has forgiven us.  We don’t have to fathom the depth and breadth of His mercy. To believe He is merciful and all loving is enough.  To know our sin hurts Him and to ask for forgiveness is sufficient. Now is the “acceptable time”. Ask for forgiveness. And receive.

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