Lenten Reflection Day 13: Luke 6:36 (updated)

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“Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36-RSV)

Reflection

Many of us have been fasting unaware before Lent. We have been on the fasting from mercy. The waitress forgot our order; we immediately complain about it. A teammate did a poor presentation. We think of them as incapable. Our spouse or child had a difficult day; we do not care. The list goes on.

During this Lent, let us practice fasting from mercilessness. Let us give almsgiving to the strangers, those with collaborate, and our loved ones.

Today’s Intention

Lord Jesus, we cannot expect mercy when we are merciless ourselves. We ask you to send the Holy Spirit to teach us to be merciful towards others as your Father is merciful towards us.

Peace and Goodness

Meditations on the Seven “I am” Sayings of Jesus

This morning while reading the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament, I came across the Seven “I am” Sayings of Jesus. After reading them, I felt compelled to write a short meditation for each one.

1. “I am the bread of life” John 6:35

Lord Jesus, may we share your bread with the hunger in spirit

2. “I am the light of the world” John 8:12

Lord Jesus, may our lives be beacons to those in the darkness

3. “I am the door of the sheep” John 10:7

Lord Jesus, may we walk through it when we expire

4. “I am the good shepherd” John 10:11

Lord Jesus, may we always be under your protection

5. “I am the resurrection and the life” John 11:25

Lord Jesus, may your victory over death be the foundation of our faith

6. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” John 14:6

Lord Jesus, may our words, thoughts, and actions bind us to yours

7. “I am the true vine” John 15:1

Lord Jesus, may our branches never wither

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In the Name of the Lord Jesus

“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.” ~ Colossians 3: 17

As I endeavor to become a better Christian I search the bible for tips on how to improve my life. The scripture passage above is such an example; what a wonderful way to live one’s life.

Through a normal day, I do, think, and say many things.  Yet because I do them as matter of fact or I am in a hurry to do the next thing, I forget to pause and to reflect on my actions and their consequences.

Imagine how our lives would change if everything we did, we did in the name of the Lord Jesus, as the verse above instructs. Image the conversations we would have with our loved ones; how we would treat each other; how we would work toward a better world.

I believe many of the world’s problems, including our own, would be solved if every action we took we did it in the name of our Lord Jesus. By reflecting on our actions, we give ourselves the best opportunity to become His imitators: full of mercy, love, compassion, and tenacity.

In our busy world, however, we cannot accomplish this alone. We need to ask God, through prayer, to help us. We need to slow things down and to reserve quiet time for reflection and contemplation.

This is the tip I learned today. I pray to the Holy Spirit to bless me with the grace to put into practice this important lesson in whatever I do; in word and in deed that it may be done in the name of the Lord Jesus.

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