Mary, Joseph, and three angels
From the Chapel of the Confraternity of our Lady in s'Hertogenbosch
Hieronymus Bosch would have been familiar with this touching set of figures.
Lord Jesus Christ, through your glory, grace, and mercy, help me to honor and obey.
The Oxford English dictionary defines Mercy as “forbearance and compassion shown by one person to another who is in his power and has no claim to receive kindness; kind and compassionate treatment in a case where severity is merited or expected.”
“Angels are in the Lord and he in them; and as the angels are only recipients, the Lord alone is heaven” —Swedenborg, Divine Love and Wisdom, 113-118
Every human being also receives the Lord, in the form of Grace and Mercy, since we are receptacles not only for the inflow of the lower nature of the world and creation, but also for these blessings, which are of a Divine nature.
Our ability to receive impressions from both of these levels is what makes us the bridge between God and His creation. In exactly the same way that organic life on earth fills a “shock” between earth and the moon in the ray of creation, so is the natural world and creation itself the moon for God, with sentient beings (man and like organic three-brained beings) forming the shock.
This goes a long way towards explaining why the moon is sensation — the created universe is God's sensation of Himself.
Hence Ibn Arabi's (and Islam's) explanation of Mercy as the most absolute and supreme quality of God.