Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Daily Lenten inspiration, March 21, 2011 (Monday of the Second Week of Lent)

Transcript of homily recorded on Monday, March 21, 2011

By Monsignor Gerald McSorley

Our first reading from the Prophet Daniel was an acknowledgement of the sins of the nation, especially of their infidelity, lack of faithfulness to the covenant. And it was an appeal to the mercy of God. And so we heard the words: "Yours, oh Lord, our compassion and forgiveness. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us, "be merciful as your father is merciful."

The Dutch painter Rembrandt painted many beautiful pictures. One of his classic paintings is the painting of the Prodigal Son, a celebration of God's mercy where the son comes back to seek his father's forgiveness. The Carmelite poet Jessica Powers, also known in religion as Sister Miriam of the Holy Spirit, has written about God being clothed in mercy. And in her poem, "The Garments of God," she wrote that our greatest prayer is not made of words, but our greatest prayer is clinging to God's garments of mercy. It's a beautiful image.

And the Gospel also teaches us — Jesus teaches us — that we are to imitate God's mercy in our dealing with others. We are to be merciful. We are not to condemn. We are not to judge. We are to imitate the great compassion and mercy of our heavenly father toward us.

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