Monday:18th March, 2019
Gospel: Luke 6:36-38
Luke 6:36, 37 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Many people often push to have some reasons for their choices: to accept or refuse an offer or to do or not do something. With such a basis, when there is no reason given for particular actions, there is always some hesitancy in carrying out instructions and the reasons have to make some sense.
In addition, when there is something to be gained from actions, the desire to do them is stronger. So the cases presented in today’s Gospel give some motivation: don’t judge and you won’t be judged, don’t condemn and you won’t be condemned, forgive and you will be forgiven’. But with mercy, there seems to be nothing to gain and the only reason we need to embrace this is: ‘because our father is merciful, so should we’.
My dear, there may be no motivation provided for some things, but they are required of us. ‘Be holy for I am holy, be merciful for your father is merciful and love your enemies. Our Christian journey is not a walk of only gathering plaudits, it is also a journey of imitation, where we desire to be true children of our father. That is part of the walk.