From the 6th Chapter of Luke’s Gospel:
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.”
Why is this so hard for so many of us (m0st of us? all of us?) It ain’t rocket science. It ain’t brain surgery. You don’t even have to stay at a Holiday Inn Express to understand it.
Do yourself a favor. Find a quiet place and spend ten minutes meditating on these words. I promise it will change your attitude toward life. Then, make yourself repeat this process every day for the remainder of Lent. I promise it will make you a new person.