MOSAIC Spring 2016 - Page 8

MERCIFUL LIKE THE FATHER PSALMS OF MERCY King David—and Pope Francis—teach us how to acquire “wisdom in my secret heart.” Dr. Peter Williamson W fatherless; but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin” (Ps 146:7-9). The concrete ways God shows mercy can guide our practice of mercy, as well. Mercy Is Masculine and Feminine The pope probes the motives that impel God’s mercy forward: God “reveals his love The Old Testament often uses rahamim as of that of a father or to speak of God (e.g., Deut 30:3; Is 14:1; a mother, moved to 30:18). The Vulgate uses the expression visthe very depths out of cera misericordiae to translate the emotional love for their child. It depth of this visceral mercy. is hardly an exaggeration to say that this is a “His Mercy Endures Forever” visceral love. It gushes Returning to Misericordiae Vultus, Pope forth from the depths Francis turns next to Psalm 146, which renaturally, full of ten- peats the refrain, “For his mercy e ɕ́ɑɹ́ͥձٕȳtٕٕ͔Q́Ʌ͔ѕ́ѡ)ɍ今t!ɔѡ!ѡȁɅ́ͽєх䁽éɍѡɽ՝)ѡѕMи)Aհ%$ٕ́յѽ䁅Ѽѕɹ)5͕ɥɑI5ɍ䤁ݡɔQ́ͅݥѠéɍ)́ѡ éɥٽձ䁽ɍ丁ЁЁɕѥѡѡQݼ!ɕ܁ݽɑ́ɅͱдɅɽа䁥ѽݥ)̃qɍtɔ͕ɅA%Ʌѡ )ݥ͠Ʌ)Aհ)ѥɕ́Ѽѡ́́ͅѡqɕЁ!]͕́ѡɭ́tЁ́ѡЁѡ́́ѡ嵸ѡ)Ѽ͕aɕͥ䁙ȁ)́ͅݥѠ͍́́Ёѡսéݸٗdݡɔхͥ́Aͽٕȁ5Ѐ)͕͔͍ձɅѕɥѥ̤ɅQɥѕ̰q]݅́ѥѵٕ́ɽаѕ́ѡٔѡՍɥЁٕ́ɱѥѡȀɕ)ɥ͕(􁵽ѡˊéݽ+qQݽɑ́Ʌͱѕaͥd͍ͅɥ)ɽѡ)嵉)ɽѠ!ɕ܁)ɥQѡ́ɕЁ)ɕɔɅݸɽѡ)ѡչP)ɕٕѥѡ)ѡЁ́ѡ́ɍ丁]ѡ)ٽձ䁽ɍ)ȁѼȁ)ѡٕͅݡɔѡ䁵Ѽ)ѡɔɥ̀)ѕЁɍ䰁)+áѡхɝлgt)ѥձȁٔ)ѕɕ()AɅ͕́́ЁѼ)éɍ䁙ɽѡ (ԁձ5͕ɥɑYձ̀Q)5ɍ䤰́ݥѠѡAͅ+q%݅ѡÁͅɥѼѡ)ɔѡɅȁ́ɍհѥt)Q!ѡȁɽ́ѼЁ)܁́éɍ䁅́ѡ䁅ɔ)ɕѕѡA̸ͅ)!́ݥѠéɍհɔ)A̸ͅQ=QхЁѕ͍ɥ́̃qѥЁɍհtȁ)ѡI٥͕MхɐYͥ́а)̃qͱ܁Ѽȁչѕ)ٗtÀसQɽ՝Ёѡѽ)ͅمѥѡ!ѡȁѕ̰́)̃q́́ɕمٕ́ȁչ͡ЁՍѥt%ѡݽɑ́ѡ)ͅаq!ɝٕ́ȁե䰁)́ȁ͕͕̰ɕ́ȁ)ɽѡаɽݹ́ԁݥѠѕ)ٔɍtÀ̴Ф)9аAɅ́́ЁѡЁѡ)ɕͥéɍ䁥ѡٕ́)յٕ́́䁍ɕє胊q!ᕍѕ)ѥȁѡɕ͕쁡ٕ́Ѽ)ѡչ丁Q1ɐ͕́ѡɥͽ)ɕѡ1ɐ́ѡ́ѡ)Q1ɐ́ѡ͔ݡɔݕ)ݸQ1ɐ݅эٕ́ȁѡͽɹ̰́ѡݥ܁ѡ((()ѡЁЁ́ѕ䁝Ʌեѽ̰ЁɥѕѡЀѥѕ́ѕɥ)ͥ聅ᥝ䁽ѡи%Ё̰)́Ёݕɔadمɥѥѡ)͍ձѼ͕ɕ͕)͕Imɕ͕tݡ)Ʌ̰Ց́)ѕɹ̰ѥչх)ѡЁ̰ɕ́Ѽɝٔ()Mɕ!Ё5ȁM5ͅMɥ((