Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday of the Second Week
As Christians, we struggle daily with sinfulness and trying to do what is right. God asks us to act in His image, in the way that He created us. The Lord is beautiful in every way, and it is sometimes difficult to act like Him. In today’s readings, we are asked to not be judgmental, to forgive others, and give our gifts to others. We can do this by showing kindness toward others, and trying to be patient when we feel angry at others, and by sharing our talents. These talents may be shared through volunteering and community service, getting involved in church ministry, or simply being there for a friend.

However, it is not always easy to act in God’s image. On some days, we may look at ourselves as sinners and as having done wrong towards God. Sometimes it is difficult to cope with being sinful; we can feel very bad about doing wrong. In the Psalm, we ask “Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.” It is best to try to remember that God’s love for us is everlasting, and He wants us to be the best that we can be. So, every day, we must each try to be the best version of ourselves, and know that the Lord does not judge us according to our sins, but by the good that we do, and with unconditional love.

Lord of unconditional love, please do not judge us according to our sins, and forgive us when we go against Your wishes. Lead us to act in Your image, and be the best version of ourselves.

Christopher Holloway, ‘17

First Reading: Daniel 9:4b-10
Psalm 79:8-9, 11, 13
Gospel: Luke 6:36-38

Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

1 comment:

Anna said...

Thanks Chris for reminding us that although trying to act in God's image is difficult, that His love is everlasting and that it is in the striving to be like God that we become most fully who God created us to be.