Then as we always do when tragedy strikes us or others near us, the first thing we do is convince ourselves that there is no God; after all, why would a good God allow a father to bury a child? Why would he allow great women never to have babies? Why would a good God allow good people to go hungry and corrupt people to live an extravagant life? Surely, why would a good God, if He is in charge of the universe as some people attest would allow cancer? Or children to go hungry, or addiction to take so many lives? Or, closer to home today, why would a good God allow a virus-like Covid-19 somehow scare and devastate so many people, especially when we see that the rich have become richer and the poor are more and more miserable every day.
To have mercy on someone is to pull back from hurting them because you love your neighbor as yourself. You would not want a more powerful person to harm you, so you don’t do it to someone else. If a higher authority than King Herod had decreed that King Herod should be captured, tortured, and killed, Herod would likely beg for mercy. It is hypocrisy to be merciless toward others but expects mercy for oneself. The law remains: you reap what you sow.