Subtitled: “No, Really!”
First, it’s still Easter, so Happy Easter, everyone! Second, upon reading this title you probably think that I’m either a total wackaloon or obsessed with Vince Gilligan’s work. Perhaps I am, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a point. :)
Better Call Saul, if you aren’t familiar with it, is a prequel series to Breaking Bad. It follows the evolution of Jimmy McGill, a lawyer struggling to build his career and still do the right thing into Saul Goodman of the Breaking Bad series, a successful but sleazy lawyer who’s only in it for a buck.
Jimmy spent most of his life in Illinois as a small-time con man and petty criminal until he made a huge mistake and Mom summons his lawyer big brother, Chuck. Chuck is the classic elder son: overachiever all his life, successful in his career, always bailing kid brother out of trouble. Chuck gives him an ultimatum: move to Albuquerque with me and turn your life around, or go to prison and be labeled a sex offender. Jimmy agrees to the move, and turn his life around he does, eventually managing to finish college and law school online while working in mail room at the law firm Chuck founded.
At the end of season 1, it seems that Jimmy has redeemed himself: he’s spent the last year taking considerable care in looking after his ill and home-bound brother, he’s built a practice in elder law and his concern for a client who said she had an allowance led him to a huge class action lawsuit. Chuck assisted him at first, but when the case became too large for two attorneys, they sent it to Chuck’s firm. Jimmy is certain this will get him a job at the firm and the rejection crushes him.
At first, Jimmy thinks Chuck’s smarmy law partner Howard was out to get him, but then the truth comes out…
What might have become of Jimmy if Chuck had shown him mercy?
God shows us mercy even – especially – when we don’t deserve it. Today, on the feast of Divine Mercy, remember what God’s mercy has done for you, and what you can do to show mercy to those around you.