By Jim Orcutt, Co-Founder of My Brother's Keeper

These personal reflections on the Monday gospel represent my insight of Christ’s message as viewed through the lens of my life experience. It is my hope that others will be inspired to reflect upon their views as well.
Date: March 9, 2020
March 9, 2020

Gospel LK 6:36-38

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
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.”

Reflection

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

We don’t like to think of ourselves as being judgmental, but in reality, we do get angry and upset with people. A daily routine of self-examination can help us see that our own pride and resentment may be at the root of our inner conflict.

When we look into ourselves and fight against “self-justification,” the truth is able to emerge and “the truth will set us free.” (John 8: 32)

“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.”

When we pray for the serenity to forgive those who have offended us, we are able to see that our judgment of others is often at the root of our disharmony.

Only then are we able to “let go and let God” so that the peace promised by Jesus can be “poured into our lap.”

“One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.” — Moliere



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