The Merciful

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall find mercy.  [Mt. 5:7]

 Saint Gregory of Nyssa: “Mercy is a voluntary sorrow that joins itself to the sufferings of others. It is a loving disposition towards those who suffer distress. It is intensified charity. It is not concerned only with material things, but also the choice of will. For if a man only wills the good, but is prevented from accomplishing it by lack of means, he is not inferior, as regards his state of soul, to the person who shows his intention by works.” [Ib., Sermon 5, 18:133.]
Saint Chrysostom: “Herein He seems to me to speak not only of those who show mercy by means of money, but also those who show mercy through their actions. Manifold are the ways to show mercy, and this commandment is broad. What then is the prize? ‘They shall find mercy.’ The recompense seems to be equal, but it is a far greater accomplishment. Now whereas they showed mercy as men, they find mercy from the God of all. The mercy of man and that of God is not the same thing, but is as wide as the interval between evil and goodness, so far is the one removed from the other.” [Ib., P.G. 57:189 (col. 227).]

(The Orthodox New Testament, Volume 1, Holy Apostles Convent, Buena Vista, Colorado)

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