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Judge not; condemn not

Jeremiah 17:7-8: Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, we know you are there! In the morning, in the evening, in the long nights,we know we are not alone. Thank you for knowing us and going with us through all our days. Please make your presence known to us this day, and indeed every day, as we seek to honor you in what we do and say. In the name of Infant Jesus, we ask this. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (March 21, 2011)
Monday of the Second Week of Lent
First Reading:  Daniel 9:4b-10
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm Ps 79:8,9,11,13
Gospel:  Luke 6:36-38
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Luke 6:36-38)
Jesus acknowledged the sins and failings of his own people, and he beseeched with God for sympathy and pardon. God is good to the unjust people as well as the just man. His love hug saint and offender alike. God looks for our highest good and teaches us to seek the utmost good of others, even those who abhorrence and abuse us. Our love for others, even those who are unappreciative and selfish towards us, must be marked by the same kindness and compassion which God has shown to us. It is easier to show sympathy and mercy when we can anticipate to benefit from doing so. How much harder also when we can look ahead to nothing in return. Our prayer for those who do us ill both breaks the power of vengeance and releases the power of love to do good in the features of evil. God's love overcomes all, even our harms, fears, prejudices and grieves. Only the cross of Jesus Christ and his conquest over sin can free us from the tyranny of malice, hatred, vengeance, and resentment, and give us the bravery to overcome evil with good. When we are tackled with our sinful condition and failings we understand guilt and shame. This can frequently either lead us to cast off pride and make-belief or it can lead us to be unable to find our inhibitions and fall into more shameless deeds! If we are completely honest and humble before God, we will admit our sins and ask for his compassion and forgiveness. Do you know the joy and freedom of regret, forgiveness, and a clean heart?
(Sunday Homilies - Sermon by Fr Kuriakose)


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