FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
March 1, 2021
Second Monday of Lent
WORD of the DAY
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” (Luke 6: 36- 38)
How shall I live this Word?
Comment by Pope Francis of 21 September 2016
“I wonder: are Jesus’ words realistic? Is it really possible to love as God loves and be merciful like Him? We ask ourselves: What does it mean for disciples to be merciful? This is explained by Jesus with two verbs: ‘forgive’ and ‘ give’. In fact, forgiveness is the pillar that supports the life of the Christian community, because it shows the gratuitousness of the love with which God first loved us.
The Christian must forgive! But why? Because he was forgiven. Forgiveness is the first pillar; giving is the second pillar. “Give and gifts will be given to you […] for the measure with which you measure, will in return be measured out to you.” Merciful love is therefore the only way to go. How much we all need to be a little more merciful, not to gossip about others, not to judge, not to ‘pluck’ others with criticism, envy, jealousy. We must forgive, be merciful, live our life in love, and give.”
Help us, O God, our salvation, for the glory of Your Name; free us and forgive our sins because of Your Name. (Ps 26: 78)
The Voice of M. Thurian, Monk
Those who are not able to forgive are not able to love.
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