St. Mary’s put together a Lenten reflection booklet which we handed out on Ash Wed. in order to have a daily reflection on the Mass readings for the day. Most of the reflections were written by students (a few by staff). Here is today’s reflection:
February 25, 2013
Monday of the Second Week of Lent
Daniel 9:4b-10 * Luke 6:36-38
In today’s Gospel, Christ calls us to an impossible life of love. We hear his command “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” We are to give and to forgive even as God does. Yet we are human, poor and weak in so many ways. Can we give as God gives? Can we be merciful as he? We cannot hope to match him, yet this is his Son’s command.
We must remember what it means for us to give and to forgive in God’s name. Christ tells us “give, and it will be given to you,” but his meaning goes far beyond a “tit-for-tat” way of interacting with the world. Our giving is not a mere exchange, expecting a return from God, but a response of gratitude to God’s first gift to us. Whatever we have to give others is itself a gift from God. We might extend Christ’s command as “give, for it has been given to you”–the gift is already offered us; a good measure is already, constantly being poured out to us by God. When we give, it is God’s gift that we share; when we forgive, it is God’s forgiveness of us that we allow to spill over. We give, because he first gave, and because we trust that he will give again. Our mercy and self-giving is joined to the Divine Mercy, and our true reward, eternal life united with God, is brought closer in the act itself.
Have I taken time lately to thank God for his abundant blessings to me?
What gifts has God given me that I can put at the service of my neighbor today?