Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Second Week of Lent (18th March, 2019) on the Gospel
Ps 78:8-9.11.13 (Ps 102:10);
Topic: Whatever one wants.
In today’s gospel, Jesus spoke on a number of issues. They include – being merciful, judging and condemning others, forgiveness, and giving. This list is made-up of both positive and negative acts. Although we normally see them as things one does for or against others but Jesus is telling us that one does them for or against oneself:
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, 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.
Jesus also taught, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets” (Matt 7:12; cf. Lk 6:31). Whatever one does to anybody is done directly to the Master, cf. Matt 25:40.45. And He will repay to everyone according to his/her conducts, cf. Matt 16:27; Rev 2:23. 22:12; Prov 19:17.
No one is free to repay evil. God asks us to wait for Him. He will certainly help us, cf. Prov 20:22. Meditate on these words from Saint Paul, “...if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head” (Rom 12:20).
We are in the second week of Lent when we are called in a special way to fast. It is important to remind ourselves that fasting that fails to affect others positively is a false one. Whatever one wants to receive from God, he/she must first give it to others.
Bible Reading: Rom 12:9-21.
Thought for today: Offer to others whatever you want.
Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to give to others every good thing that we may in turn receive good gifts from you – Amen.
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