Gospel of Luke 6:36-38 Reflection:
Today's Gospel really struck me. This world we live in provides us with so much and yet wrongs are committed. And then again, some of these wrongs might have been committed by ourselves. Haven't we all 'fallen' in our lives, e.g., done something wrong, lied, cheated, etc? If someone took a magnifying glass to our lives - could not dark stories be found?
If we look at the news, we are lead to believe that "justice" at all cause is the desired remedy for wrongs committed. There appears to be a "witch hunt" mentality prevailing with journalists, politicians and even victims. Blood, pain, imprisonment and punishment is the desired end for wrongs committed.
And then we have today's Gospel standing on the pillar of Truth; Jesus talks to us (through his disciples) of the way we should act when misfortune or opportunity comes our way. He, that is Jesus, guides us to be compassionate, not to judge others but pardon them and to learn how to give.
We are given insight as to how our judgement after our death will be conducted. We cannot plead ignorance;
Jesus will ask each one of us
- have you showed compassion,
- have you pardoned your transgressors,
- have you not judged others
- have you given to those who asked and were in need?
Jesus says 'the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back'. You see, we need to remember that revenge and vengeance belongs to God: (Deut 32:35 "Vengeance is mine".)
You see, only God who is all good can judge, for He has each of our souls best interest at heart. He does not want anything in return.
So when you see wrongs being committed, say a little pray for everyone involved. Ask Jesus to send the Holy Spirit into the heart and soul of these people and guide them in Truth for their souls' salvation. Trust in God to do what is best.