Monday of the Second Week in LentLectionary: 230

Reading 1 DN 9:4B-10
“Lord, great and awesome God,

you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love you

and observe your commandments!

We have sinned, been wicked and done evil;

we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws.

We have not obeyed your servants the prophets,

who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes,

our fathers, and all the people of the land.

Justice, O Lord, is on your side;

we are shamefaced even to this day:

we, the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem,

and all Israel, near and far,

in all the countries to which you have scattered them

because of their treachery toward you.

O LORD, we are shamefaced, like our kings, our princes, and our fathers,

for having sinned against you.

But yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness!

Yet we rebelled against you

and paid no heed to your command, O LORD, our God,

to live by the law you gave us through your servants the prophets.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 79:8, 9, 11 AND 13
R. (see 103:10a) Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.

Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;

may your compassion quickly come to us,

for we are brought very low.

R. Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.

Help us, O God our savior,

because of the glory of your name;

Deliver us and pardon our sins

for your name’s sake.

R. Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.

Let the prisoners’ sighing come before you;

with your great power free those doomed to death.

Then we, your people and the sheep of your pasture,

will give thanks to you forever;

through all generations we will declare your praise.

R. Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.

Verse Before The Gospel SEE JN 6:63C, 68C
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;

you have the words of everlasting life.

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.”

“Be compassionate, as your Father is compassionate.” –Luke 6:36
The Church emphasizes that we, God’s children, must be like God our Father. We must be compassionate and merciful as is God our Father (Lk 6:36). We must be “good to the ungrateful and the wicked” as is God our Father (Lk 6:35).
God the Father graces us to become like Himself by calling us not to judge and condemn other people (Lk 6:37). “The Father Himself judges no one, but has assigned all judgment to the Son” (Jn 5:22). After we are unemployed as judges, we are free to be employed in forgiving and giving (Lk 6:37-38). God the Father constantly forgives. His Son Jesus taught us to ask Him to forgive us (see Mt 6:12) seventy times seven (Mt 18:22). We too forgive constantly in imitation of our Father and by His power. When we have unclenched our unforgiving hands and hearts, we can forgive into giving (see Mt 6:11-12). Like the father of the prodigal son, we can give robes, shoes, and rings (Lk 15:22). Like Abba, we can give a great celebration (see Lk 15:23-24) and join in the greater joy in heaven over one sinner who repents (Lk 15:7).
Be more like the Father.
PRAYER: Abba….

PROMISE: “Yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness! Yet we rebelled against You and paid no heed to Your command, O Lord, our God, to live by the law You gave us through Your servants, the prophets.” –Dn 9:9-10

PRAISE: Curt’s back hurt so much that he could no longer work, and he could barely rise from his easy chair. Despite the pain, Curt responded in faith to God’s call to become a caretaker for a retreat center. Now, with his health improved, Curt maintains a busy schedule, doing physical work so God’s people can be renewed.


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