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Lenten reflection, day 11

Scripture readings for today: Daniel 9:4-10; Psalm 79; Luke 6:36-38

The good SamaritanOne of the TV shows I enjoy watching is Inside the Actors Studio. James Lipton interviews TV and movie stars at the college where he teaches. During the show the topic of how you live your life always comes up.

It’s interesting to hear how each guest answers the question. Some say they are good humanitarians. Others say they treat people the way they want to be treated. Still another said, “I respect people and their views and expect them to respect me and what I believe.”

In the Gospel for today Jesus gives us a way to live our lives. He tells us to be merciful to others. He tells us not to judge or condemn people. When we are hurt or wronged, we must not seek revenge or look for a way to get even. We forgive them as Jesus has forgiven us.

If we lived this way, can you imagine what kind of world this would be? If we lived this way, can you imagine what our families and our parish communities would be like? Our families, our communities, and our world would truly be a slice of heaven.

My brothers and sisters, let each of us make a promise to the Lord that this Lent we will live our lives according to the Word of God. Then if someone comes along and asks, “How do you live your life? What is your philosophy of life?” you can simply tell them: “I live my life according to the loving Word of God.”

Father Michael Sergi, C.Ss.R.
Canandaigua, N.Y.

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