FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Second Monday of LENT
March 9, 2020
WORD of the DAY
“Be merciful, just as [also] 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.” (Luke 6: 36-38)
How shall I live this Word?
Throughout His earthly life, through His words, gestures, His whole Person, Jesus communicated the Father, His love for us. In today’s Gospel, He reveals to us the very essence of the Father: Mercy. Jesus indicates the steps to take in order to be like the Father. “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.” These final words repeat in an even clearer way what Jesus had previously said, “What you want people to do to you, you do to them.” If you want to receive in good measure, give in good measure to the others! Do not wait for the other person to take the initiative, you take it and begin now! You will see that this is the way it is!
We are not dealing with some detail regarding our interpersonal relationships, but rather the root of holiness. It is a difficult goal to reach with our strength alone, this is why it is necessary to ask help from God in prayer.
“Father of every mercy, Your gifts are without measure and Your forgiveness is without limits. Make our heart generous like Yours, slow to judge, quick to forgive, and always ready to give.”
The voice of M. Thurian, Monk
Who is not able to forgive is not able to love.
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