14th of March

Publié le 13 Mars 2022

Gospel text

(Lk 6:36-38): 

 

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.”

 

The Application

 

The Christian identity is visible by the acts of love and this love is better expressed in pardon and mercy. Everything has a meaning, when God is the centre of our thinking and acting. Thus, in and through us, God finds His own visibility and He accomplishes, what He deeply wishes to share with the humanity. It is here we realise, how much God is in need of our thinking, words, and acts, particularly our cooperation. In return, we realise, how much we are in need of God, to rightly represent Him, in our daily lives. The need to be with Him, the need to listen to Him, the need to feel His presence, and this spiritual thirst is quite unquenchable.

 

Last Sunday we were invited to have a mystical experience with the Lord of glory, and we heard from His Father, "Listen to Him. Today He speaks to us. The Lord of goodness and generosity asks us to be merciful, not because others deserve it, but simply because our Father asks it of us. Since we love Him, in His love, let us be merciful. Our actions and words be conditioned, not by the actions of men, but by the love of our Father.

 

Action of the day: Feel the warmth of His presence.

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful”

 

Fr. Zacharias MATTAM SDB

(Bangalore, India)

 

Today we ask ourselves, how does a Christian behave towards his brothers and sisters? Showing the same compassion and kindness shown to him by the heavenly Father: “Be merciful just as your heavenly Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36). Jesus said, “I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world” (Jn 12:47). Jesus did not judge even his own murderers. Instead He was thinking well of them and excusing them and praying for them: “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34). As His disciples, we are invited to be like the Master.

Jesus says, in Mathew’s gospel: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?” (Mt 7:1.3). The wooden beam is “the non-love”, the “pride” and “resentment” in our heart. These vices are like a wooden beam preventing us to see the fault of our brother from his proper perspective and are more serious than his fault which is only like a splinter, and so these must be banished first. It is only with love that we can truly correct another as “Love bears all things” (1Cor 13:7).

When Jesus says: “Do not judge”, Jesus is not prohibiting the exercise of our faculty of discernment, nor are we asked to approve everything that our brother does. What He is forbidding is to attribute an evil intention to the person for acting thus. Only God knows what is in the heart of a person; “God does not see as a mortal, who sees the appearance. The Lord looks into the heart” (1Sam 16:7) Furthermore, to judge is God’s prerogative, which we usurp when we judge our brother.

What is important in Christianity is love: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34). This love is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (cf. Rm 5:5). In the Eucharist Christ gives us His Heart as a gift and we can love everyone with His Heart and be merciful as the Heavenly Father is merciful.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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