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Luke 6:36-38

Jesus said to the disciples, "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."

Luke 6:36-38
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    • What a beautiful, challenging Lenten programme! Let us strive each day for the remainder of Lent not to judge or condemn; to forgive and tell others that they are forgiven; and to do one daily act of generosity. What transformed people we will be by Easter!
    • Imagine someone filling your sack with flour. They pour in the flour to the brim. Then they shake the sack gently in order to let the flour settle. And then they fill it up again until it is overflowing. That is God’s unstinting generosity.
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    • Jesus stresses once again the primary importance of good relationships with others. The world would be a different place if we were merciful and non-condemning. Help me to stop despising, hating, judging other people.
    • Lord, my poor heart is very small, and it can also be very hard. Your heart is large and also very tender and compassionate. When I try to forgive others, my heart becomes a bit more like yours, and you swamp me with your overflowing generosity. I like that!
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    • Can I remember times when I heard people gossip about me, with no understanding of why I behaved as I did? Can I remember times when I leapt to judge others without knowing the whys and wherefores? Remember the Sioux prayer: /May I never judge another until I have walked in his moccasins/. Good newspapers offer us information without judgments. Shoddy papers try to do our thinking for us, leap to take sides, and express their judgments in banner headlines.
    • Lord, keep me from jumping to judgment. You alone know all that is my heart and in the hearts of those I am tempted to condemn.
    • We get from life what we put into it. The challenge of Jesus is more – to be merciful is to live in a way that makes the first move towards forgiveness, that is, to be non-judgemental of others and to always want to give. Mercy doesn’t count what it gives nor look for anything in return. Mercy is the heart of God’s love. Allow the word ‘mercy’ enter into your heart at prayer; just repeat it and let it move from lips to heart. As mercy takes hold of you, you will live by it.
    • A generous heart and mind is immense reward that comes from God. Even in human terms we are enhanced by our qualities of mercy, forgiveness and tolerance. Prayer is an energy of love which, in its turn, burns away some of the bitterness and the grudges that are part of every life. It happens in prayer - the action of God may happen when we ask for this grace.
    • I ask God to continue to soften my heart to make me more compassionate, more merciful. I recognise that I am already able to show some forgiveness and ask God's help to be a little more forgiving to any against whom I harbour resentment.
    • "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those..." As I ask God for forgiveness, I make room in my heart not just by letting go of hurts but by wishing well to any who may have brought me pain.
    • I consider whether my capacity to receive is increasing as I become more generous. As I give of what I have, I realise that it really does not belong to me but has been given to me on trust. Being able to receive gifts graciously-from God and from others-is a sign of my growing freedom.
    • Jesus sees compassion as a hallmark of how God works. I pray that I may be compassionate, not so much in imitation of God as in being open to being a channel of God’s very presence.
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    • Can I remember times when I heard people gossip about me, with no understanding of why I behaved as I did? Can I remember times when I leapt to judge others without knowing the whys and wherefores? Remember the Sioux prayer: /May I never judge another until I have walked in his moccasins/. Good newspapers offer us information without judgments. Shoddy papers try to do our thinking for us, leap to take sides, and express their judgments in banner headlines.
    • Lord, keep me from jumping to judgment. You alone know all that is my heart and in the hearts of those I am tempted to condemn.
    • We get from life what we put into it. The challenge of Jesus is more – to be merciful is to live in a way that makes the first move towards forgiveness, that is, to be non-judgemental of others and to always want to give. Mercy doesn’t count what it gives nor look for anything in return. Mercy is the heart of God’s love. Allow the word ‘mercy’ enter into your heart at prayer; just repeat it and let it move from lips to heart. As mercy takes hold of you, you will live by it.
    • A generous heart and mind is immense reward that comes from God. Even in human terms we are enhanced by our qualities of mercy, forgiveness and tolerance. Prayer is an energy of love which, in its turn, burns away some of the bitterness and the grudges that are part of every life. It happens in prayer - the action of God may happen when we ask for this grace.
    • I ask God to continue to soften my heart to make me more compassionate, more merciful. I recognise that I am already able to show some forgiveness and ask God's help to be a little more forgiving to any against whom I harbour resentment.
    • "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those..." As I ask God for forgiveness, I make room in my heart not just by letting go of hurts but by wishing well to any who may have brought me pain.
    • I consider whether my capacity to receive is increasing as I become more generous. As I give of what I have, I realise that it really does not belong to me but has been given to me on trust. Being able to receive gifts graciously-from God and from others-is a sign of my growing freedom.
    • Jesus sees compassion as a hallmark of how God works. I pray that I may be compassionate, not so much in imitation of God as in being open to being a channel of God’s very presence.
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    • Can I remember times when I heard people gossip about me, with no understanding of why I behaved as I did? Can I remember times when I leapt to judge others without knowing the whys and wherefores? Remember the Sioux prayer: /May I never judge another until I have walked in his moccasins/. Good newspapers offer us information without judgments. Shoddy papers try to do our thinking for us, leap to take sides, and express their judgments in banner headlines.
    • Lord, keep me from jumping to judgment. You alone know all that is my heart and in the hearts of those I am tempted to condemn.
    • We get from life what we put into it. The challenge of Jesus is more – to be merciful is to live in a way that makes the first move towards forgiveness, that is, to be non-judgemental of others and to always want to give. Mercy doesn’t count what it gives nor look for anything in return. Mercy is the heart of God’s love. Allow the word ‘mercy’ enter into your heart at prayer; just repeat it and let it move from lips to heart. As mercy takes hold of you, you will live by it.
    • A generous heart and mind is immense reward that comes from God. Even in human terms we are enhanced by our qualities of mercy, forgiveness and tolerance. Prayer is an energy of love which, in its turn, burns away some of the bitterness and the grudges that are part of every life. It happens in prayer - the action of God may happen when we ask for this grace.
    • I ask God to continue to soften my heart to make me more compassionate, more merciful. I recognise that I am already able to show some forgiveness and ask God's help to be a little more forgiving to any against whom I harbour resentment.
    • "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those..." As I ask God for forgiveness, I make room in my heart not just by letting go of hurts but by wishing well to any who may have brought me pain.
    • I consider whether my capacity to receive is increasing as I become more generous. As I give of what I have, I realise that it really does not belong to me but has been given to me on trust. Being able to receive gifts graciously-from God and from others-is a sign of my growing freedom.
    • Jesus sees compassion as a hallmark of how God works. I pray that I may be compassionate, not so much in imitation of God as in being open to being a channel of God’s very presence.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Can I remember times when I heard people gossip about me, with no understanding of why I behaved as I did? Can I remember times when I leapt to judge others without knowing the whys and wherefores? Remember the Sioux prayer: /May I never judge another until I have walked in his moccasins/. Good newspapers offer us information without judgments. Shoddy papers try to do our thinking for us, leap to take sides, and express their judgments in banner headlines.
    • Lord, keep me from jumping to judgment. You alone know all that is my heart and in the hearts of those I am tempted to condemn.
    • We get from life what we put into it. The challenge of Jesus is more – to be merciful is to live in a way that makes the first move towards forgiveness, that is, to be non-judgemental of others and to always want to give. Mercy doesn’t count what it gives nor look for anything in return. Mercy is the heart of God’s love. Allow the word ‘mercy’ enter into your heart at prayer; just repeat it and let it move from lips to heart. As mercy takes hold of you, you will live by it.
    • A generous heart and mind is immense reward that comes from God. Even in human terms we are enhanced by our qualities of mercy, forgiveness and tolerance. Prayer is an energy of love which, in its turn, burns away some of the bitterness and the grudges that are part of every life. It happens in prayer - the action of God may happen when we ask for this grace.
    • I ask God to continue to soften my heart to make me more compassionate, more merciful. I recognise that I am already able to show some forgiveness and ask God's help to be a little more forgiving to any against whom I harbour resentment.
    • "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those..." As I ask God for forgiveness, I make room in my heart not just by letting go of hurts but by wishing well to any who may have brought me pain.
    • I consider whether my capacity to receive is increasing as I become more generous. As I give of what I have, I realise that it really does not belong to me but has been given to me on trust. Being able to receive gifts graciously-from God and from others-is a sign of my growing freedom.
    • Jesus sees compassion as a hallmark of how God works. I pray that I may be compassionate, not so much in imitation of God as in being open to being a channel of God’s very presence.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Can I remember times when I heard people gossip about me, with no understanding of why I behaved as I did? Can I remember times when I leapt to judge others without knowing the whys and wherefores? Remember the Sioux prayer: /May I never judge another until I have walked in his moccasins/. Good newspapers offer us information without judgments. Shoddy papers try to do our thinking for us, leap to take sides, and express their judgments in banner headlines.
    • Lord, keep me from jumping to judgment. You alone know all that is my heart and in the hearts of those I am tempted to condemn.
    • We get from life what we put into it. The challenge of Jesus is more – to be merciful is to live in a way that makes the first move towards forgiveness, that is, to be non-judgemental of others and to always want to give. Mercy doesn’t count what it gives nor look for anything in return. Mercy is the heart of God’s love. Allow the word ‘mercy’ enter into your heart at prayer; just repeat it and let it move from lips to heart. As mercy takes hold of you, you will live by it.
    • A generous heart and mind is immense reward that comes from God. Even in human terms we are enhanced by our qualities of mercy, forgiveness and tolerance. Prayer is an energy of love which, in its turn, burns away some of the bitterness and the grudges that are part of every life. It happens in prayer - the action of God may happen when we ask for this grace.
    • I ask God to continue to soften my heart to make me more compassionate, more merciful. I recognise that I am already able to show some forgiveness and ask God's help to be a little more forgiving to any against whom I harbour resentment.
    • "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those..." As I ask God for forgiveness, I make room in my heart not just by letting go of hurts but by wishing well to any who may have brought me pain.
    • I consider whether my capacity to receive is increasing as I become more generous. As I give of what I have, I realise that it really does not belong to me but has been given to me on trust. Being able to receive gifts graciously-from God and from others-is a sign of my growing freedom.
    • Jesus sees compassion as a hallmark of how God works. I pray that I may be compassionate, not so much in imitation of God as in being open to being a channel of God’s very presence.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Can I remember times when I heard people gossip about me, with no understanding of why I behaved as I did? Can I remember times when I leapt to judge others without knowing the whys and wherefores? Remember the Sioux prayer: /May I never judge another until I have walked in his moccasins/. Good newspapers offer us information without judgments. Shoddy papers try to do our thinking for us, leap to take sides, and express their judgments in banner headlines.
    • Lord, keep me from jumping to judgment. You alone know all that is my heart and in the hearts of those I am tempted to condemn.
    • We get from life what we put into it. The challenge of Jesus is more – to be merciful is to live in a way that makes the first move towards forgiveness, that is, to be non-judgemental of others and to always want to give. Mercy doesn’t count what it gives nor look for anything in return. Mercy is the heart of God’s love. Allow the word ‘mercy’ enter into your heart at prayer; just repeat it and let it move from lips to heart. As mercy takes hold of you, you will live by it.
    • A generous heart and mind is immense reward that comes from God. Even in human terms we are enhanced by our qualities of mercy, forgiveness and tolerance. Prayer is an energy of love which, in its turn, burns away some of the bitterness and the grudges that are part of every life. It happens in prayer - the action of God may happen when we ask for this grace.
    • I ask God to continue to soften my heart to make me more compassionate, more merciful. I recognise that I am already able to show some forgiveness and ask God's help to be a little more forgiving to any against whom I harbour resentment.
    • "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those..." As I ask God for forgiveness, I make room in my heart not just by letting go of hurts but by wishing well to any who may have brought me pain.
    • I consider whether my capacity to receive is increasing as I become more generous. As I give of what I have, I realise that it really does not belong to me but has been given to me on trust. Being able to receive gifts graciously-from God and from others-is a sign of my growing freedom.
    • Jesus sees compassion as a hallmark of how God works. I pray that I may be compassionate, not so much in imitation of God as in being open to being a channel of God’s very presence.