Facing Our Immortality Support Group Call
Monday 09/14/20 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm MDT (8:30 pm to 10:00 pm EDT)
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
The Measure That You Measure With
It is an observable fact that when judging, many of us apply the justice of God to others and the mercy of God to ourselves. The very things we become indignant about or scandalized by in others, we often dismiss in ourselves with excuses we do not grant to others.
Jesus plainly tells us the measure we measure with will be measured back to us. (Mt. 7:2) That is most powerfully evident in Jesus’ admonition to Peter: “those who live by the sword will die by the sword.”
On a less lethal level, perhaps you have had the experience of feeling disgusted by a particular behavior in someone, and maybe even commented on or judged them for it, only to soon find yourself struggling with the very same difficulty. That is a real consequence of judging others. The Lord humbles us with the very struggle we despise in others.
To be clear, this does not mean that we are to move through life without judging. We are required to make all sorts of judgments. But as far as judging the hearts, motives, intentions, past or future of another, Jesus has told us that’s not our work. Our work is to love as He loves. And He’s been clear about what that means. Love your enemy, do unto (all) others as you would have them do unto you; Bless your persecutors, do not curse them. Imitate the Father Who rains on the just and the unjust alike. Forgive 70 x 7…etc.
Watching the ugliness of the political contest these days, the character assassinations, the spirit of accusation and contempt, the unforgiveness which keeps people chained to their past mistakes and forever identifies them by them, the crass language, the manipulative jockeying for advantage and the greedy maneuvering for power, the words of Martin Luther King Jr. bear witness: “hate distorts the personality of the hater.”
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
He adds: “there is a final reason that Jesus says, ‘Love your enemies.’ It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals.”
The civil life of this country could use a double dose of this medicine because, as St. Paul reminds us, if we go on biting and devouring one another, we will be consumed by one another. Gal. 5:15. The measure that we measure with!
Instruction: Please remain in silence and reflect on the material for 5-10 minutes. After this period of silence we can share that which is revealed to us. It is after we have shared our personal reflections that we can begin our group discussion. Thank you.
- Have you ever experienced an awareness of operating out of a double standard in your life, whereby you hold people accountable for things you do not require of yourself, or dismiss in yourself?
- Has Jesus ever let you be judged by your own judgments?
- What is really happening in a situation when you go against your instinctive reactions and follow Jesus’ instructions to disciples to “love your enemies?”
- Do you think it might be easier to love an enemy if you can recognize that hatred and negativity have disguised the real person? How would you pray for them?
- The spiritual life is about coming to the full measure of the mature Christ. Can you identify specific areas in your life where you need to work on measuring up?
“Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Pray for Us.” God Bless you from Sr. Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT and Denise
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.