“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. — Matthew 5:7

The Old Testament repeatedly describes God as merciful, and Israel is called to imitate God’s mercy. Mercy involves an inward identification with those in need and an outward action of kindness and generosity toward them. In this beatitude Jesus emphasizes the reciprocal nature of mercy—a theme Matthew develops throughout his Gospel. God will show his mercy to us to the extent that we are merciful to others.

Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri, The Gospel of Matthew, Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010), page 90.


My notes: Italics and bold added by me.  The mercy we receive is the mercy we give and the reverse, the mercy we give is the mercy we receive.