I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Reflection for Monday March 13, Second Week of Lent: Luke 6:36-38

Gospel: 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.”
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Are you merciful, are you not quick to judge and are you generous?

Jesus gives us today in the gospel guidelines for living our faith. Be merciful, this merciful attitude is not only exclusive to those whom we love or to those whom we are friends with. Let be merciful to anyone most especially to our enemies and to those who’ve hurt us.  

Stop judging/condemning and you will not be judged/condemned. Try pointing an accusing finger to someone whom you are judging or condemning and you will find out that three of your fingers are pointing back at you. Before you judge others of their iniquities look closely on yourselves first.

On forgiveness, Jesus tells us to forgive and we will be forgiven. There are some of us who are so heartless that we have no room for forgiveness in our hearts. Jesus gives us insights on how we can liberate ourselves form hateful emotions. 

We have to always be forgiving, it is indeed a liberating experience when we forgive; we let go of our pent-up emotions that have been enslaving us for so long. Just try giving your wholesale forgiveness to everyone who has hurt you and you will feel as if a big burden has been taken off you.

On giving, Jesus tells us to give and gifts will be given to us in return, this is very true. The more that we give the more that we will receive, oftentimes we don’t give simply because we are very concerned with our own needs. 

Let us always remember that whatever possessions that we have are not ours. We are simply stewards of the material possessions that we have. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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