Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
After sharing good advice on how we should be interacting with others, Christ expresses that “the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” He tells us that the expectations we hold for those we encounter are the expectations that God has for us. Recently I realized that I often set very high expectations for the people in my life and never verbalize them. Yet, I am disappointed when they don’t live up to my expectations and therefore feel that our relationship has been damaged. If God is measuring me the same way I am measuring the people I love, I’m miserably failing at meeting his expectations. Sometimes it takes a reality check to see with eyes of compassion and mercy, to recognize that forgiveness always supersedes teaching someone a lesson, and to open our hearts to loving even when it is most difficult to do so.
—Sara Spittler is the First Years Chaplain and a Religious Studies teacher at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.
Good and gracious God, help me to view others with the loving and merciful heart with which you look at me. May I be quick to offer forgiveness rather than anger, love rather than judgment. Amen.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
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