Monday of the Second Week of Lent
Malvern Minute

 

Monday of the Second Week of Lent

March 9, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry 

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Frances of Rome – (1384-1440) – Patron of the Benedictine Oblates

Book of Daniel 9:4b-10

Psalm 79

Luke 6:36-38

In today’s Gospel, Jesus advises us to be compassionate, nonjudgmental, non-condemning, forgiving of the faults we see and to be generous in our assessment of others.  “365 Days With the Lord” a Liturgical Biblical Diary of the Society of Saint Paul tells us that in some situations in life we cannot escape the obligation to make judgments even on the moral character of others.  Parents, financial loan officers, judges, church administrators, police officers and the like, all have this obligation.  Clearly Jesus teaches us that evil should be condemned.  However, He warns us against supplanting the definitive judgment of God, who alone sees the human heart.  Let’s dig deeper:

Be compassionate:  Our Lord is not only asking us to be compassionate but to be merciful as well.  This means that God’s attitudes must become ours.  His way of dealing with us must come naturally to us when we deal with others. 

Be nonjudgmental and non-condemning:  Is Jesus trying to put a scare in us?  You bet He is!  Our Lord wants to point out the gravity of judging and condemning others and how this can threaten our own salvation.  We are asked not to take the path of pride and ego because these only lead us to condemnation but to take the path of virtue.

Be forgiving of the faults of others:  Forgiveness is a very serious matter to God.  He said that if we don’t forgive others, then we will not be able to experience God’s love and forgiveness in our lives.  In fact, Saint Paul said that when we refuse to forgive, we actually end up giving Satan a foothold in our lives.

Be generous in our assessment of others:  Perhaps once in a hundred years a person may be ruined by excessive praise, but once every minute someone dies inside for lack of praise.   Saint Paul wrote, “No foul language should come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear.”  (Eph. 4:29) 

Question of the Day:  Will you treat others the way you wish to be treated?

Prayer:  Your Words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the Words of everlasting life.

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