Friday of the Second Week of Lent
GN 37: 3-4, 12-13A, 17 B- 28A
PS 105: 16-17, 18-19, 20-21
MT 21: 33-43, 45-46
The Year of Mercy has been proclaimed by Pope Francis. This means more than forgiving the small things that people have done to hurt you. This means that we should be open to the needs of all people. When 2017 starts, the doors of mercy don’t close. Jesus teaches us in the Gospel that we need to be merciful to all people at all times. The Gospel tells us that those who are seen as lesser in human eyes are seen as the greatest in God’s eyes; “the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” God’s cornerstone is those who are seen as lesser. We are to help them see how wonderful all life is in God’s eyes. We are to go out, especially in this Lenten season, and share the grace and love that God has given us. Jesus is willing to forgive the tenets that had harmed their landowner’s son. God is open to the love of all people, no matter what has happened in your life.
Those who are contrite and are willing to be merciful are those who God choses to be with Him. We are all called by God to go and spread God’s mercy to those who know it and those who don’t. This Lent, remember those who are trying to find God again. Pray for those who need prayers and also for those who do not seem to need them. God is willing to love and show mercy with all of Him, and we can only love and show mercy with our whole heart, which is enough for God.
Claire Weesner is a freshman chemistry student hoping to become a dentist.