Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint 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.”
1- Like the Father.Jesus invites us and asks us to be merciful because our focus is on Heaven and that is what we are aiming for. During this time of Lent, mercy is something that is proposed and encouraged for us to live. This is a time in which you must look at yourself and see that there are shameful things in you and that nobody knows about, only you, but God continues to show you his love and closeness. It is good for us to ask for forgiveness during this time of Lent. Forgiving is not what is difficult, it is recognizing and asking for forgiveness. God never tires of giving you opportunities and seeks to fill you with his love. Today you are called to do the same, even knowing the miseries of others, give them the opportunity to change.
2- Judging. It is a topic that is always on our minds. It would be good to play the game of “how many times did I judge during the day?” Just like during our nightly examination of conscience, you may discover a number of things that you had not realized, God may even surprise you with his mercy and proximity. You may be surprised by how hard we are on ourselves at times. We want everyone to be perfect or as we want them to be and we destroy those who are not part of our structure, through criticism or our actions. How unpleasant it is to judge based on suspicion and not on reality. Our head and our imagination can become a great TV miniseries based on what we see and live when we judge those who are close to us.
3- The measure. The measure of things is also the way you judge them. There are times when you are very hard on those around you, but you let yourself off easy. Look at yourself and be honest, be sincere and coherent with what you think and believe, but do not be too hard on yourself and others. The measure of virtue is not in the extremes.
Come on, you can do it. You must go all out because you can make this Lent different.
God bless you and be with you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And always remember, Heaven is our goal!