Lent: What is your sound of mercy this Lent?
By Jeremy Rodriguez
Have you ever been to a Mass when a baby begins to cry? What is your thought at that very moment? Do you want the parents to move to the cry room or outside, or if the child is yours, do you try to figure out what the baby needs so others won’t be distracted?
Now imagine that the sound of the baby is the sound of mercy. Each cry that the baby makes shows us that God’s great mercy is found in them, because they have been brought to life through the pathway that God has so perfectly created. Thus we can begin to understand the sound of mercy from the perspective of that baby and how we must go back to the start, look at our lives, and in our own unique way cry and long for the Father to hold us and to meet our needs.
The sound of mercy can also be heard when a husband embraces his wife who has lost her faith or is unable to conceive. It’s when someone experiences the trauma of abortion and we reach out to offer help and forgiveness. It’s when a wife forgives her husband who has been addicted to pornography.
It is when a child falls into alcohol or drugs and his parents continue to pray and sacrifice for him. It is when a father realizes that he has been putting more time into his career than spending time with his family. It is the teenager feels like the outcast at home and school, and we simply invite them in. The sound of mercy calls us to be the face of mercy.
During this Year of Mercy and especially in this Lenten season we can become aware of how God is calling us to extend his mercy.
What is your sound of mercy? Where are you in your walk with the Lord? Think about your favorite song or your favorite artist. How does their music or song move you? Imagine now that you are the song that God is singing. The notes and the song have only to be used and moved by the artist. God, being the artist, can move us into people’s hearts and minds through his song of mercy. We are the song that God wants to sing, and we are the melody that makes the sound of mercy so powerful.
Pope Francis reminds us that, “Mercy is the true power that can save humanity and the world from sin and evil.” Let us begin to look at mercy as an act of great charity and not an obligation.
Yes, the sound of mercy can be painful because it calls us to become more like Christ. Jesus shows us the sound of mercy when he forgives the adulterous woman, or when he tells the thief on the cross, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” Mercy means that we may suffer when we are bringing it to others, but if we have ever been on the other side of that coin, we remember the great joy we have from those people who have been merciful to us.
The sound of mercy is not a Billboard Top 40 hit –– here today and gone tomorrow –– mercy endures forever. When life presents challenges and we begin to drown in the rough waters, we issue that “baby’s cry” to Christ.
The sound of mercy pulls us from the depths of the ocean and lifts into the boat where there is safety and reassurance that our life begins and ends with our merciful and loving Father.
When we allow God’s mercy to move through us, we invite him to transform our hearts. This Lent, may we take time to sit and listen to the sound of mercy in our lives, open our hearts and be the melody of mercy in the world.
Jeremy Rodriguez is a husband and a father, as well as a singer/songwriter and lead vocalist in the band Soundwave. He is on tour this Lent bringing an experience of worship and prayer, through music and Scripture. Visit www.jeremy-rodriguez.com for more information.