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Lenten reflection, day 18

forgiveness and mercy“Try to remember, and if you remember, then follow.”

Those lyrics from the musical The Fantasticks are very good words to remember and put into practice as we reflect on the Scriptures this third Tuesday of Lent.

Azariah, in the book of Daniel, prays aloud to God for all the people. He cries out that we are nothing without God. He begs the Lord not to abandon us, or we are lost.

But he doesn’t put all the responsibility on God. Azariah also says, “O God, we remember your faithfulness, and we will do our part. Receive our humble and contrite hearts and spirits.”

In so many words, Azariah says, we remember the faithfulness of God, and we will follow by the example of our lives.

In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus calls us to mercy and forgiveness. There is no limit to God’s forgiveness, and we must strive to be imitators of Christ in the forgiveness we bring to ourselves and to others. That’s not always easy, but it’s the call of true discipleship.

Let us remember the words of Jesus: “The measure that you measure out to others will be measured back to you.”

“Try to remember, and if you remember (please, God!), then follow.”

Father Denis Sweeney, C.Ss.R.

Scripture readings for today: Daniel 3:25, 34-43; Psalm 25; Matthew 18:21-35