FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
March 22, 2021
Fifth Monday of Lent
WORD of the DAY
“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him.” (John 8:7b-9)
How shall I live this Word?
How easy it is to judge others, to find a thousand errors in their behavior, to stand as implacable judges of the shortcomings of our neighbor. “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And then, if we are honest, our certainties fall because we too perhaps, have sinned in treating our family members with arrogance, in fomenting useless and destructive discussions that hurt people, in cultivating resentment with the commitment to hurl it at the other on the first opportunity, in treating with antipathy and arrogance those who are different from us, in giving little attention and kindness towards those who live in poverty. We have sinned, perhaps, in treating our spouses as subordinates and not as companions on our journey, our parents as a burden and not as the source of our life, our children as a possession and not as a gift that was given to us, entrusted to us to make them grow and mature.
Lord Jesus, help me to be merciful towards everyone and more attentive in correcting my sins rather than those of others.
The Voice of Chiara Lubich, Founder of the Focolari Movement
And then: to have mercy towards everyone, to react against certain impulses that lead us to condemn without mercy. We must know how to forgive and forget. Do not keep residues of judgments, resentments in our heart, where anger and hatred that distance us from others can harbor. See each one as if they were new. Having in our heart, instead of judgment and condemnation, love and mercy towards each one, we will help them to start a new life, we will give them courage every time to start over.
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