WORD of the DAY
“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you. (Luke 6: 37-38)
With what goodness Jesus calls us to be merciful! All through the Gospels, Jesus insistently tells us: “Do to others what you want them to do to you”. (Luke 6: 31/Cf. Mt. 7:12)
Today too, He tells us: If you do not want to be judged, do not judge others! If you do not want to be condemned, do not condemn others! If you want to receive in good measure, give good measure to others! Do not wait for the other to take the initiative; you be the first to begin! Then, you will see that this is the way!
These imperatives of love open the doors to freedom, especially forgiveness that restores interior peace to our heart. The journey of forgiveness is often preceded by legitimate rancor for offenses that have wounded the soul, but to remain with rancor is not Christian. Even if it seems impossible, we can arrive at accepting the one who offended us, looking at them as God does. When we are able to forgive, God’s love penetrates us and what had before made us cry, what had destroyed us, is transformed into the certainty of love that God forgives us.
God, Father of mercy, forgive me as I forgive others. Teach me to forgive like You.
The voice Pope Francis
Jesus tells us clearly that revenge and rancor are not Christian. If I have rancor in my heart for something that someone has done to me and I want revenge, this distances me from the journey of holiness. No vendettas. ‘He did this to me and he will pay for it”, is not the language of a Christian. Say no to revenge; say no to rancor. ‘But this makes life impossible! She badmouths me every day! I will do the same to her…No! Jesus says, pray for her/him. I have to pray for them? Yes, pray for them! This is the journey of forgiveness, of forgetting offenses. Evil is conquered by the good; sin is conquered with this generosity, with this power. (February 21, 2017)