July 16, 2021
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
First, Show Mercy
…I desire mercy, not sacrifice…
Matthew 12:7

Recently, I have been reading and reflecting on what it takes to be a good leader. I hope one day, as I put what I am learning into practice, people would remember me as someone who exemplified good leadership. Maybe in my quest to discover what I need to become a good leader, I could also learn to be an effective, compassionate leader eager to build relationships. Knowing how and when to prioritize mercy might just be what it takes to be a good and compassionate leader—a leader like Jesus. 

Today’s readings prompt us to consider the invitation to enter wholeheartedly into relationships with each other beyond just obligation. We are invited to make mercy our first choice when we encounter each other because mercy and understanding are not just desirable but are also pathways to healing. Have you felt the gentle hand of mercy today?

Lord, please help me lead with mercy.

- Vivian Amu

Exodus 11:10—12:14 • Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18 Matthew 12:1-8


July 17, 2021 at 12:42 AM

A successful leader is a servant leader! Yes, Jesus is our example :-) Here is what He said…(1) Matthew 20:26, “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,” (2) Mark 10:43, “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,” (3) Luke 22:26, “But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.” *** Being a servant leader is mentioned in 3 of the 4 Gospels!!! It must be…critically important! *** Here is Jesus example in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man (Jesus) did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” *** Here is Paul example in Romans 1:1, “ Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God” ******* What a day I had…being a servant to my daughter thinking I was helping her pack but it ended up she was helping to pack as if this is my move :-) Things went terribly wrong this afternoon when we found out U-Haul did not have the U-Boxes for us today according to my reservation, instead they can deliver them on 7/26 :-( I was beside myself talking on the phone with customer service and I thought I was going to have a heart attack…spare you the details, God showed up as He is faithful and kind! Two U-Boxes showed at 7:30pm :-) Praise God for His provision and I asked why I had to go through such an afternoon? He gave me confidence that He gives me strength to handle my weaknesses (anxiety) because He is strong! Here is how Paul explained it in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, “ Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Lord Jesus, I know You are with me! I am exhausted! Your grace is sufficient for You renew my strength as I rest in Your embrace tonight! Jehovah Jireh! Amen!

July 16, 2021 at 12:47 PM

A Successful Leader leads by example and they are continuously in Prayer.

July 16, 2021 at 10:49 AM


July 16, 2021 at 08:09 AM


July 16, 2021 at 08:06 AM

He wants all of us to come to him and ask for his mercy. He is a loving, merciful Lord and Savior. Come to him, we are his chosen servants who will work his harvest. Amen.

July 16, 2021 at 06:54 AM

Amen. Yes, mercy received, mercy given. Jesus, son of the living god have mercy on us sinners. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Pray for us.

July 16, 2021 at 06:20 AM

The quality of mercy is not strain’d. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath: it is twice bless’d; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. The Merchant of Venice. Act 4 Scene 1– William Shakespeare. May God continue to bless us all.

July 16, 2021 at 10:10 AM

Amen. Thank you for sharing Shakespeare :)

July 16, 2021 at 06:28 AM

Thanks for sharing Ron! Appropriate for the reading today on mercy and I learned some Shakespeare! In reading it twice, I see the meaning.


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