Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

A Minute from Malvern

May 20, 2016  – Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time, St. Bernadine of Siena

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/052016.cfm  (Readings for the day)

James 5:9-12

 

Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another,
that you may not be judged.
Behold, the Judge is standing before the gates.
Take as an example of hardship and patience, brothers and sisters,
the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
Indeed we call blessed those who have persevered.
You have heard of the perseverance of Job,
and you have seen the purpose of the Lord,
because the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

But above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear,
either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath,
but let your “Yes” mean “Yes” and your “No” mean “No,”
that you may not incur condemnation.

 

Reflect: It can be so easy to complain about other people.  We can quickly see what appears to be the faults, limitations, and mistakes of others. Our judgments can be harsh and merciless. The reading from James reminds us that rather than defaulting to complaining and criticizing, maybe we need to pause first and shift into being patient, compassionate and merciful – as imitators of Christ. We are imperfect people in an imperfect world.  Injustice must be challenged, but how might God be calling me to encourage a brother or sister to grow as a person and in their own relationship with Christ?  This Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy presents a great opportunity to meditate on and put into practice the mercy of God.  God’s mercy is a great gift that all of us need and long for.  When we experience patience and mercy from others, it makes a huge difference; we can become transformed.  Can we practice “doing unto others as we would have them do unto us?”

Pray: Loving God, I can judge so easily, and my lack of mercy and patience can crush others so that they distance themselves from me and from you.  Please give me a compassionate and merciful spirit that encourages rather than destroys; that lifts up rather than puts down.  Amen.

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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