March 14 2022 Gospel Reading and Reflection: Luke 6:36-38

A reading from the gospel according to Luke 6:36-38:

36 Jesus said to his disciples: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.
38 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.”

Reflection: Mercy, Forgiveness, and Generosity

In today’s culture, being merciful is tantamount to being weak. That is why strongmen or people with perceptions of strength are often elected into the highest positions of government. They say we need these men in order to instill discipline and order in society. Yet time and time again, these strongmen who are otherwise called dictators never last. Sooner or later they are deposed for the main reason that their strongman attitude results only to widespread injustice, corruption and deep division in society. History has shown us that dictatorial governments which are bereft of mercy only attract strong opposition which then later leads to bloody revolution. There is a need therefore to practice benevolence in governance.

On the personal level, being merciful is premised on the truth that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and in need of mercy from our creator. In this connection, we need not judge others nor condemn them. A simple fact is that when we point one finger to others, three other fingers necessarily point to us. Instead, let us be forgiving so that we ourselves will be forgiven.

Being merciful and generous go together. You cannot be merciful and at the same time blind to the needs of others. Verse 38 tells us the reality. God is watching everything we do. When we give, there is absolutely no need to expect something in return. God Himself will make sure that we are blessed a thousand and one fold. Let us keep on sharing our blessings to others and our Father in heaven will keep on pouring his blessings upon us.

Gospel Reading and Reflection for March 14 2022
Gospel Reading and Reflection for March 14, 2022

3 comments

  1. I love that verse💕💕Luke 6:38
    I will bless you and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]. (God’s Promise to Abraham) We are indeed blessed to reciprocate!! Thanks Roy🤩

  2. Thank you for your post. Indeed, God is always with us and good to us. He will provide for all the needs in our lives. In return, we will do His will and share the blessings we have to others.

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