Malvern Minute – Monday

March 13, 2017 – Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Be merciful, as your Father is merciful, says the Lord!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (6:36-38)

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.”

 
Reflect: Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. In the first reading today from the Book of the Prophet Daniel, we hear the acclamation: “Great and awesome God, you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love you and observe your commandments!” This is followed by an acknowledgment that God’s people are “shamefaced” for their sinfulness and disobedience. When we admit our sin and recognize God’s mercy, it demands of us to be merciful, to stop judging and condemning, and to forgive those who hurt us. Not easy, but it is part of the Gospel imperative for us to be merciful just as our Heavenly Father is merciful. We proclaim the Kingdom of God in our midst through mercy and forgiveness. This doesn’t happen with human perception, but only through eyes of faith. If we ask, God will provide us with that grace.

Questions: Do I need to acknowledge my sins before God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation?  Who have I been quick to judge and condemn? Who am I failing to forgive and to whom am I slow to show mercy? Can I ask God to help me to take a step toward mercy and forgiveness today?

Pray: Loving God, I find it so hard to forgive; so difficult to show mercy toward those who have hurt me and treated me unfairly. Give me the grace of your heart so I can be quick to forgive and generous in showing mercy.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you alone have the words of everlasting life.

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