MONDAY 2ND WEEK OF LENT
Nick Esposito, C ‘17
“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.”
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that how we treat others will ultimately be how God himself treats us. He commands us to imitate the Father’s own mercy and forgiveness to everyone in our lives, whether we feel like they deserve it or not. Whenever we pray the Our Father, we ask “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” In this, we acknowledge that God cannot extend his forgiveness to us unless we have done so to our neighbor, and done so sincerely, from the bottom of our hearts. When we refuse to forgive others, we carry around a burden that wounds us, creating resentment and bitterness in our hearts. But, when we choose to forgive, a weight is lifted off of our shoulders, giving us the freedom to love with the Father’s love. This Lent, as we work to draw closer to the Lord and reflect upon our own need for God’s infinite mercy, let us resolve to leave no one in our lives “unforgiven.” And let us pray for the grace to forgive those whom we find impossible to forgive, especially those who have hurt or wronged us greatly. Let us hope in our willingness to for-give, we may bear witness to the immeasurable love God has for each and every one of his children.
Heavenly Father, help me to always be merciful as You are merciful, and forgiving as You are forgiving. Fill my heart with the fire of Your love that no one in my life may be without my forgiveness. Amen.
Dn 9: 4-10, Ps 79: 8-9, 11, 13; Lk 6: 36-38