Commentary on the Gospel of
This is the first use in the gospel of the word ‘Lord’ to describe Jesus (v. 13), a tithe hitherto reserved to God; and the context is mercy. How appropriate! God’s name is ‘Mercy’. The Hebrew word cesed translated into Greek as eleos as in kyrie eleison) and into Latin as misericordia (mercy) is very difficult to translate properly, the scholars tell us. It would take many words to convey its meaning, steadfastness, loyalty, doing justice for another, love, the will to save, etc. But perhaps it is best seen in life itself!