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June 25: Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time [II]

Reading II Kings 17:5-8,13-15,18
Gospel Matthew 7:1-5

“The measure with which you measure will be used to measure you.”

Pondering the mystery of Christ, we find that God calls us to act morally along the same lines that we accept Christ: first, in humble faith; then, with a burning desire to extend God’s love to those beyond our immediate reach. Thus in the Ten Commandments we are called to serve both God and neighbor. The first three command us to love God completely, above all others. Then the last seven command us to serve our neighbor from our love for God.

In today’s Gospel passage we hear Jesus commanding us to love our neighbor in a specific way: that is, by forgiving our neighbor. Regarding to what extent—or even whether—we forgive any individual neighbor of ours, Jesus declares: “The measure with which you measure will be used to measure you.”

We should be mindful that our sins, as infinite offenses against Almighty God, will not permit us finally to enter into His Presence unless we are shown infinite mercy by Almighty God. So it is that we ourselves, strengthened by God’s own infinite forgiveness, must forgive others if we hope to live in God’s sight.