Sunday, September 21, 2014

Desiring Mercy

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard this, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, `I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners."Matthew 9:9-13

Desiring Mercy

Obviously at fault and completely broken
sitting in the booth of shame
we are called despite our shattered lives
we are beckoned here by God.

Divine mercy breaking through
light piercing the deepest gloom
our storms an invitation for mercy
the holy at out table to linger and abide.

We know our faults, our scars, our limits
none the less God would have us now
broken fragile servants loving a wounded world
God's mercy flowing through cracked vessels.

We who would be disciples most human
must be daily forgiven daily mended
fragile and completely foolishly human
God desires mercy for us all.

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