Karen & Kurt 
Edgewood in St. Denis

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Most in need of mercy

Posted by karenandkurt on February 5, 2015 at 10:15 PM

It is the simplest and quickest of prayers, but it’s one that I whisper a lot.

“Oh my Jesus, lead all souls to you, especially those most in need of your mercy.”


I’m not going to take it apart for you and I’m not going to go on a theological explanation. But in the past few days we have seen again the horror of ISIS, or the Islamic State, and the abominable acts it is capable of committing. It murders. It takes hostage. It rapes. It steals – land, oil, people, minds. It claims to act in God’s and in the name of Islam. But it does no such thing. King Hussien of Jordon, a devote Muslim, said: “This is no reflection of our religion. This is evil…”


And it is evil. The devil can quote scripture and it doesn’t care whose holy scripture it reads from.


When James Foley was brutally murdered, I was at a communications conference. I stood there, frozen, watching the TV screen as CNN showed the horrid video. My companions didn’t seem to notice. A reporter to a reporter, an image on the screen, I could not let him die alone. And I cried and prayed.


Oh my Jesus, lead all souls to you, especially those most in need of your mercy.

And ISIS murdered again. It raped again. It destroyed again. Knives to the throats of men and women, bound and helpless. Those most in need of mercy.


This week, a most gruesome video, expertly choreographed and filmed, was released by ISIS showing the murder of a Jordanian pilot. It was not execution because that is the sentence following a trail. It was murder of a helpless man, trapped in a cage, with gasoline soaking through his clothes.


It makes me cry. It makes me pray. For him. For the people displaced by ISIS. For Muslims, Christians, Yazidis – for all who are being targeted by these horrible people.


And the quiet lesson to pray for my enemy makes itself understandable to me.


Oh my Jesus, lead all souls to you, especially those most in need of your mercy.


Who is more in need of God’s mercy than a man trapped in a cage, his hands outstretched in prayer, as flames engulf his body? It is only God’s great mercy that can save his soul and bring him to paradise.


And who is more in need of God’s mercy than a man whose heart is so hardened and mind so turned away from the lesson to love his neighbor than a man who would light a fuse to murder a man trapped in a cage? It is only God’s great mercy that can save his soul, soften his heart and turn him back into a kind man.


Those most in need of mercy. Lead all souls to you.


I don’t have an answer; I want ISIS stopped before it can quote more scripture and destroy more lives. I want death and murder to stop. I want mercy. It is only mercy that will make this stop. War may bring it to an end – but only mercy will truly make it stop, when hearts and mind turn back to Great Mercy, who created the world, who created this pilot, this masked man and me.


Oh my Jesus, lead all souls to you, especially those most in need of your mercy.

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