Gospel for March 5, 2012, Monday
2nd Week of Lent
1st Reading: Dn 9:4-10
I prayed to Yahweh, my God, and made this confession: “Lord
God, great and to be feared, you keep your Covenant and love
for those who love you and observe your commandments.
We have sinned, we have not been just, we have been rebels,
and have turned away from your commandments and laws.
We have not listened to your servants, the prophets, who
spoke in your name to our kings, leaders, fathers and to all
the people of the land.
Lord, justice is yours, but ours is a face full of shame, as it
is to this day—we, the people of Judah, the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, the whole of Israel, near and far away, in all the
lands where you have dispersed us because of the infidelity
we have committed against you. Ours is the shame, O Lord
for we, our kings, princes, fathers, have sinned against you.
We hope for pardon and mercy from the Lord, because we
have rebelled against him. We have not listened to the voice
of Yahweh, our God, or followed the laws which he has given
us through his servants, the prophets.
Gospel: Luke 6:36-38
Jesus said to his disciples, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
“Don’t be a judge of others and you will not be judged; do not condemn and you will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven; give and it will be given to you, and you will receive in your sack good measure, pressed down, full and running over. For the measure you give will be the measure you receive back.”
If you cannot give you cannot receive either. The measure you give is the measure you are capable of receiving. A saint would give you his or her life but a louse can only give you the itch. “With every creature, according to the nobility of its nature, the more it indwells in itself, the more it gives itself out,” wrote Meister Eckhart. If I refuse to give (or forgive) this shows that I have not entered into the human and divine mystery of what we are. God does not limit his mercy; we do.
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