My poinsettia plant is blooming. Right now. During Lent.
A fluke? No, this happened on purpose.
Before we can truly, purely extend mercy, we have to be accepting of mercy ourselves. The fact that we ourselves have been recipients of mercy will make us even better givers of mercy.
If I had lived at that time, if I had been standing along Calvary, would I have known who Jesus really was? I’m not so sure. For that reason, I’m grateful to live in this time and place and to have been gifted with my Catholic faith.
In your own suffering, it might seem as though there is no one who can break through the barriers and offer you comfort and encouragement.