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In our book club at the Sophia Center for Spirituality we’re reading Cynthia Bourgeault’s little book, Mystical Hope. (I think this is my fourth re-read!) This morning I opened to one of my favorite passages about mercy. I never tire of being reminded about the little fish swimming around in the ocean asking his mother where to find water. Here’s the whole paragraph – my offering for this 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

So when we think of mercy, we should be thinking first and foremost of a bond, an infallible link of love that holds the created and uncreated realms together. The mercy of God does not come and go, granted to some and refused to others. Why? Because it is unconditional – always there, underlying everything. It is literally the force that holds everything in existence, the gravitational field in which we live and move and have our being. Just like that little fish swimming desperately search of water, we, too – in the words of Psalm 103 – “swim in mercy as in an endless sea.” Mercy is God’s innermost being turned outward to sustain the visible and created world in unbreakable love. (p.25)