2nd Monday of Lent 2019 (readings)
Often times we hold grudges against our family members, friends, coworkers. But if we want God to forgive us, we too must forgive those who trespass against us.
Especially during this time of Lent, when we’re giving up coffee or sugar or little things that make us relatively calm or happy throughout the day, we can often times become a bit difficult to deal with. Our tempers flare, our emotions can take over, we might not think or act rationally at times. And it’s in these moments where we are in most need of recognizing that we are sinners in need of God’s mercy.
But this isn’t just applicable to us, this is also true for family, friends, and coworkers. They experience many of the same difficulties and trials that we do. And it’s in the recognition of our sinfulness and need of mercy that we can extend that same mercy to others because we see in them the same need of mercy, the same human condition.
My brother and sisters, we all get angry, we all make mistakes, and it’s okay; we just need to remember that God is love, and all that abide in love, abide in God and God in them. Today’s Gospel is a good reminder that we all are in need of mercy and that God asks each of us to, “Be merciful, just as our Heavenly Father is merciful.”