The Joy of Unexpected Mercy: Life’s Comedy of Errors

Eidos | 9/11/2019 | Staff
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Mercy cannot be demanded. Mercy is a gift, not a debt. Mercy is what God gives those that err, but turn even a bit towards Him.

When we receive mercy, the joy is unexpected, wonderful, good news. Some good news we create: our plans come to fruition. That is happy, but many events are not under our control and when life works out beyond our plans or even despite our failures, this is also joyous. Our first birth was very difficult and Hope was sick after delivery. We do not know still what was wrong, only that she grew sicker over two days. One day she was well again and this was so good. Our baby nuzzled up to his mother and all was gloriously well: splendid mercy.

Mercy - Comedy - Comedy - Errors - Shakespeare

Mercy is so happy, so joyful, only comedy can prepare us to hope. The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s shortest, jolliest, comedy is divine mercy defeating humanity error.

The Comedy of Errors has many levels, yet fundamentally it is a divine comedy. The world works out in the play as the world should and always would if people did not choose badly. When we watch such theater, and laugh at the absurdity of human choices, we are healed. Nobody in the play communicates, they assume, posture, do what they think will be socially prudent. This error leads to a multiplication of error to comedic effect.

God - Error - Tragedy - Comedy

God takes the error that could produce a tragedy and makes a comedy.

God stands ready to maximize goodness, truth, and beauty, but that entails justice. The people in Comedy make foolish mistakes, but also sin, visiting a courtesan is not good for a marriage. Nature is cruel, but people are suspicious, fail to communicate, and are foolish.

God - Errors - Time - Comedy - Errors

We err. God takes our errors and over time makes of it a comedy of errors:...
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