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.
Joy in Giving
Are you in a regular habit of stopping and reflecting back on your day? I think we need to look at our thoughts, words, and actions more than just the moments before we go to Confession or do the Examen. So many things we do, we do for ourselves since it makes us happy. For every ten things the two of us do for ourselves, we might do one for someone else. Why can’t we switch those numbers around? We are often so self-centered that we don’t realize when people do things for us. We are ungrateful and don’t say thank you. If every person thought a little less about themselves, there wouldn’t be as much arguing or fighting.
As today’s Gospel says, “Give, and gifts will be given to you.” We don’t have to concern ourselves with making ourselves happy. In our giving, we will be repaid. Plus, we still did something that we know is right. We will receive more joy by our giving than by receiving.
Today, maybe we could all intentionally do something out of our way for a classmate or for a teacher. Think about how it makes you feel. You might be surprised how good you feel after doing it.
– Micah See ‘20 and Michael Kreienkamp ‘20 are members of the Freshman Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.
teach us to find new life through penance.
Keep us from sin,
and help us live by your commandments of love.
—adapted from the Roman Sacramentary
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