You should have gotten that parking ticket…but didn’t. The photocopy machine broke down…but you got your copies done before it did. You’re tired as you get into the subway with a crowd of passengers…and get a seat. There’s a sale on something you, and many others, want…yet you get the last one. You might call these small mercies – a momentary relief or a consequence avoided – but they sure feel good. Then there’s that time you could have taken that parking space…or give it to the mom with the kids in the back seat. Or when someone said they were in a hurry and asked if they could cut in line in front of you. As we continue in our series on the Beatitudes, we’ll talk more about the blessed or happy life and what mercy and the motives of our heart have to do with it.