“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.”
Jesus tells us that there is a kind of divine “what goes around comes around.” It’s a sacred pattern sewn into the fabric of life. A good act has eternal reverberations which will return to you. We are called to mirror that mercy to the world…to love and forgive instead of judging and condemning. First you must experience God’s unconditional love for you. At His baptism Jesus heard God’s voice proclaiming Him His “beloved son.” Each of us is God’s “beloved.” We are to mirror God’s unconditional love and mercy since after all…we are made in God’s image. God is totally merciful…loving even when love is not returned. This is impossible as long as our egos are in charge. Fueled with the experience of His belovedness…Jesus spent 40 days in the desert to deal head-on with all the ego enticements of possessions, power & prestige. Through this struggle Jesus emptied Himself (His ego) so to live as His true self…mirroring the love, mercy, compassion and forgiveness of God to others. Lent is a good time for us to enter the desert as well.
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