SECOND WEEK OF LENT
Monday, March 13
Class of 2017
Working for Love
“For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” - Luke 6:38
In the present day, it would be easy for the general public to equate Jesus’ words in the Gospel today with karma: “What goes around comes around.” With this view, it behooves the individual to do good to his neighbor so that his neighbor will do good unto him. This is not the entire message of Christ in our Gospel today. While being good and generous and merciful toward people on earth does increase the likelihood that those people will do good unto you, it does not guarantee that you will receive goodness from them. The purpose for our good deeds cannot be to earn blessings from others. The Gospel does not say, "Be merciful and others will be merciful to you. Give gifts and the world will lavish gifts upon you. Do good, and you will live a happy earthly life without any problems.” No, the Gospel points toward the eternal happiness for which we need to live. God promises that He will be the one to repay us for our good works and deeds. Eternal union with Him is more rewarding than any temporal blessing could promise. May all of us live, love, and work for the good of one another to glorify the Father, now and forever.
God, thank You for showing us the importance of good works toward our neighbors. Please help us to remember that we will be judged by You, just as we have been judging one another. Give us the strength we need to be compassionate toward our neighbors so that we can move closer to the eternal union that You long for us to experience with You in heaven. Amen.
Dn 9:4b-10 Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13 Lk 6: 36-38