Monday, February 25, 2013

Second Monday of Lent: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6: 36)

Aware of human weakness and fragility, the Prophet Daniel in the first reading invites us to join him in a trustful supplication addressed to the Lord, who is faithful and benevolent toward those who love Him and observe His commandments. When we are conscious that we have not listened to the Lord’s voice, confess our sins, and entrust ourselves to His goodness, we can once again know how merciful God is and how he forgives us. (Cf Daniel 9: 4-10) And to think, we can be and act like Him!

In fact, this is the invitation of Jesus in the Gospel. “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful”. It is a profound and practical suggestion that involves our whole being. Our compassion and understanding for our weakness and that of others flow from within our heart and from there it becomes operative and acts. Occasions are not lacking. If we fail to see them, the evangelist suggests them, always with Jesus’ words, for an efficacious description of divine action …and human as well. Do not judge, do not condemn, forgive, and give. In a word, be merciful like your Father.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to give me a heart full of mercy like His.

Help us, O God, our Savior. May Your compassion come quickly to us!

The Voice of Pope Benedict XVI, Lenten Message 2013

When we leave place for God’s love, we are made like Him and participate in His own charity.

- Living Scripture