February 26, 2018
by Cindy Costanzo
Creighton University's College of Nursing
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Monday of the Second Week in Lent
Lectionary: 230

Daniel 9:4b-10
Psalms 79:8, 9, 11 and 13
Luke 6:36-38

Praying Lent
Lent Prayer for Today

The Second Week of Lent - 41 min. - Text Transcript

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Beginning My Lenten Patterns

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.”

I write this as the Lenten season begins.  Luke’s gospel is rich and provides an opportunity to examine my own heart and conscious. What is my relationship with God and people who have been purposely placed in my life?  Do I value these relationships? If so how do I communicate my gratefulness?  Why am I quick to judge and criticize? 

Recently at work we were discussing these very issues.  A situation occurred and a series of events followed.  A quick display of anger, a condemning email, a gathering of colleagues or ‘posse’ to quickly share the event.  

In reflection I ask ...What is this really about?  I look within and become aware that this ‘judgment’ of others ….is to sooth my own sense of failure, to reaffirm my own importance, and to gain back a sense of control.  Self-centered motives.  All un-needed in God’s eyes. 

For God loves me in all my imperfectness.  I in turn need to share that love with others during times of "imperfectness."

We are human and today’s powerful message is a reminder of our own imperfect human-ness. I am grateful for God’s forgiveness and the forgiveness others extend to me when I sin. The ability to forgive and extend an olive branch translates to caring, compassion, and love.  I am grateful for that love. 

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