Yesterday we prayed the Crucifixion.
And today I suggest there is a kind of mercy to death. If we lived forever on this earth (given the type of people that we are), we would be intolerable.
Of course Jesus delivers us from sin and death - but death is the ultimate judgment upon our sin. And this is a mercy.
This is hard to explain, but I once wrote ...
For Dorothy Sayers, Judgment is simply the hell we make for ourselves.It is the inevitable consequence of man's attempt to regulate life and society on a system that runs counter to the facts of his own nature. In the physical sphere, typhus and cholera are a judgment on dirty living; not because God shows an arbitrary favouritism to nice, clean people, but because of an essential element in the physical structure of the universe.
And this is another way of saying what I wrote just yesterday ...The essence of sin is the setting up of our own personal realities, which contradict the reality He has given us - our own private worlds, in which we can be lazy, greedy, ravenous, adulterous; where we can molest children, seduce women and marry our gay lovers; where we can feel good about ourselves by worshiping an idol that approves of all of these things. Our own private worlds are by their very natures Unreal, and thus sterile - dead ends, miserable lonely corners of an unfurnished house, dry awful and empty.And this is what Drama is all about, boys and girls.
There is something inherent in all reality that produces certain Consequences to our actions. Without this "element in the physical structure of the universe" as Sayers terms it when referring to cholera (it's in the metaphysical structure as well), no work of dramatic art - comic, tragic, or in between - would have any meaning. And neither would our lives.
Thus Judgment and even Death are a part of God's mercy.
Let us pray ...
To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.