Sunday, February 25, 2018
MONDAY, 2nd Week of Lent
February 26, 2018 – MONDAY, 2nd Week of Lent
Dn 9: 4b - 10 / Lk 6: 36 – 38
1ST READING: Dn 9: 4b- 10
Daniel prayed, "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 men 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, 0 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 READING: Lk 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."
In the first reading, praying for God's chosen people, Israel, Daniel prayed for God's mercy and forgiveness for all the failures and infidelities of the people of Israel in their dealings with their God.
In the Gospel reading from the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus tells us to be merciful just as our Father in heaven is merciful, not to judge and condemn others so that we would not be similarly judged and condemned, and to be generous in giving so that we would receive much in return.
Lent is a time to place ourselves before Jesus on the cross and review our lives, our personal histories of grace and sin, who or what we love, how sensitive we have been to God's grace and urgings. We are not to compare ourselves to others but with Jesus, who taught us how to live before and for God. We are called to be imitators of Christ. We are called to put on the mind and heart of Christ.
As we become more mindful of God's grace in our lives, let us pray to grow in compassion and love for others, in tolerance and acceptance of others and in readiness to forgive others.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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