Monday in the Second Week of Lent; 13th March 2017.
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
Luke 6: 36-38
Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. We keep being given graces upon graces to rewrite our wrongdoings all because of God’s infinite mercy. For Daniel once confessed that we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from God’s commandments and ordinances but yet our great and awesome God keeps giving us his merciful love (Daniel 9:4b-5). How much of a difference would it make if we loved sincerely and showed mercy to those who need it.
Judge not, and you will not be judged. Not to be judgemental; this seems to be a hard thing to do. In our countries where corruption and inhumanity strives and every voice wants to be heard, in our Christian communities where people sin different from us and self righteousness is on the high rise, we may fall prey to being judges. But Christ tells us that the way we judge others in our own frame of mind might end up being the way our judgement comes to us.
Condemn not and you will not be condemned. Condemnation. “His/her sins weigh more than mine”, “If he/she keeps going this way, he’ll end up in the unquenchable fire”- remarks we might make in our minds forgetting that God’s will is that every man be saved (Timothy 2:4) and it is our duty to reach out for those who we may think are beyond saving. So why not convert instead of condemn.
Forgive and you will be forgiven. Christ through the Church keeps stressing how important forgiving is this Lent. Just as we pray today with the psalmist that our Lord God does not treat us according to our sins (Psalm 103:10a), how much more are we to forgive others for their past actions to us.
Give and it will be given to you. Just incase we forgot the need to be charitable this Lenten season, well, Ding! We got a reminder now. Give help, give advice, give support, give a shoulder to cry on, give alms, give forgiveness too!
Our Lord Jesus Christ calls us to be compassionate today just as His Father is compassionate. May we in the spirit of Lent learn to be more merciful and forgiving, less judgmental and condemning and more charitable to one another.