The 5th Beatitude

“Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.” -Mt. 5:7

Dear Reader,

I took me time to write about this beatitude because I did not understand the meaning of mercy. I was confused. Could mercy be referring to pity or forgiveness? And so, I searched for it in Google and found this:


Whoa! The second definition hit me. Mercy is “an event to be grateful for, esp. because its occurrence prevents something unpleasant or provides relief from suffering.”

Indeed, mercy was when Jesus died to prevent something unpleasant from happening to us. He saved us from death. We were forgiven. We are grateful.

Like God, we must also be merciful. We must forgive those who have offended us. Where must we draw the limit? Nowhere. Our mercy, just as God’s mercy for us, must have no limit. (Please refer to Matthew 18:21-22.) Like we always pray, “…forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Let mercy be, indeed, an event to be grateful. Jesus embraced His cross for us. He forgives us. And with gratefulness, we shall also forgive others.

Kristine G. Veneracion

P.S. Read more about The Beatitudes here:

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