The readings this weekend speak to us about mercy, forgiveness, and love. Three essential actions that we all are called on to undertake. God is forgiving, merciful, and loving, and He expects us to manifest those same spiritual qualities. We must show mercy to those who seek it from us; we must be ready and willing to forgive those who ask us; and we must be men and women of love, not only to those who love us, but also to those with whom we may have difficulty. Jesus expects us to respond in the same manner and fashion in which He responds. Is this a challenge you are ready to accept? I hope so, because God is counting on you.