The Gospel Today
Monday of the Second Week in Lent
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Randy Buquis):
The Gospel today is inviting us to be merciful. To show mercy to our neighbors, always and everywhere. If a soul does not exercise mercy in some way it will not obtain God’s mercy on the day of judgment. I remember and learned the ABC’s Divine Mercy which includes: A – Ask for his mercy, B – Be merciful to others and C – Completely trust on Jesus.
It’s good to ask ourselves now: what hinders us to be merciful? Is it our different issues, positions and comfort zones? Is it our ego or own self-centeredness?
The last “Kapatiran 2014” a gathering of diocesan seminarians, inspired each participant that if we can only deny ourselves, empty it in our nothingness, it is the time, that we can be the “Omnia Omnibus” All things to all which was this year’s event theme. The pattern of ABC will be of great help in living with mercy.
Asking God of His mercy through prayer will help us to be in union with God. Praying is always a challenge for me every time I am not in the seminary. Sometimes the busy world outside replaces all those times allotted to prayer. But, through God’s love, He’s just waiting for me to ask help from His mercy.
To be merciful to others is not easy to do, if we do not live with mercy to ourselves. Let this season of Lent be an avenue for being merciful. All of the three letters of ABC can be obtained if we completely trust in Jesus: a trust that is filled with love together with our own participation in the grace and mercy of God.