Word of the day
Reading of the day
"Lord, great and awesome God,
you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love you
and observe your commandments!
We have sinned, been wicked and done evil;
we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws.
We have not obeyed your servants the prophets,
who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes,
our fathers, and all the people of the land.
Justice, O Lord, is on your side;
we are shamefaced even to this day:
we, the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem,
and all Israel, near and far,
in all the countries to which you have scattered them
because of their treachery toward you.
O LORD, we are shamefaced, like our kings, our princes, and our fathers,
for having sinned against you.
But yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness!
Yet we rebelled against you
and paid no heed to your command, O LORD, our God,
to live by the law you gave us through your servants the prophets."
Gospel of the day
Jesus said to his disciples:
"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.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you."
Words of the Holy Father
We think about what the Lord says to us: not to judge, so that we will not be judged; the measure by which we judge will be the measure we are judged by.(…) Let us look in the mirror before we judge. Therefore, when we want to say: he does this, or she does that, it is better to look in the mirror before we speak. Otherwise, I am being a hypocrite because I put myself in God’s place, and my judgment is a poor judgment: it lacks a very important thing that we find in God’s judgment: mercy. May the Lord allow us to understand this well. (Santa Marta June 20, 2016)