Monday of 2nd Week of Lent--A

Be Merciful Just As Your Heavenly Father Is Merciful

A religious education teacher taught her Sunday school class on the subject “Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful” said to her class, “It is better to give than to receive.” Little Tony raised his hand and said, “I know that, and that is my dad’s moto as well.” “That’s wonderful,” the teacher said, “What is his profession?” “He is a boxer,” he said.

Be merciful is not what our little Tony understood, but it is as the Lord Jesus taught us reported in today’s Gospel saying, “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.” This is exactly that we are invited to practice during Lenten Season to reconcile with one another revealed on the horizontal line of the cross that we are given ashes in the form of the cross on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Therefore, how would we reconcile with one another if it’s not to stop judging, criticizing and learning to forgive rather than to continue holding grudges and resentment or hatred towards one another? We are also invited to give alms and not to do harm to one another.

The mercy of God the Father is to send his only beloved Son to us to save us, and his Son comes to us in our human flesh, to suffer and to die for the sake of our salvation. What have we done to deserve all these if it’s not his over flowing mercy towards us? In returning to his abounding mercy towards us, what would we do to one another? Decision is yours.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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