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February 26, 2024: Monday of the Second Week in Lent

FIRST READING: Daniel 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.”

PSALM: PS 79:8, 9, 11 AND 13
Response (R): 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.> 

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.> 

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.> 

Romans 8:31-b-34

Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him?

Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us, who will condemn? Christ Jesus it is who died—or, rather, was raised— who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.

GOSPEL: Luke 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.”

Daily Reflection – 26th February 2024
Monday of the Second Week in Lent

Today’s Gospel carries a simple, straightforward message. Easy to understand; easy to preach. It is in the ‘doing’ that we may stumble, for it comes naturally to us to judge, to criticize, to condemn, to withhold forgiveness, and we justify this particularly when we feel personal hurt or harm.

We live in a time where anger and resentment seem to be increasing, so much so that the essence of humanity is forgotten. Hatred replaces love and despair overshadows hope. It is precisely because of the overwhelming influence of this environment, that today’s Gospel is exactly what we need to hear. To be compassionate and merciful towards others is to act as God does: He does not return our failings with condemnation but keeps giving us chances to change and invites us to do the same for others.

No matter how far we have strayed, we can pray like the Israelites in the first reading and be renewed in His forgiveness every time, no matter how many times that may be.

God never gives up on us. Don’t give up on others or yourself.

Source: Archdiocese of Mumbai official website (https://www.archdioceseofbombay.org/)