Be merciful just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge others, and God will not judge you; do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God will forgive you. Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands—all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.”

Luke 6:36-38


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Bishop Barron’s commentary here is worth quoting in full:

Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus call us to “be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Mercy or tender compassion (chesed in the Hebrew of the Old Testament) is God’s most distinctive characteristic. Saint Augustine reminded us that we are, by our very natures, ordered to God. But since God is tender mercy, “having” God is tantamount to exercising compassion, being merciful ourselves.

And attend to what Jesus says next, “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Sop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you.” According to the “physics” of the spiritual order, the more one draws on the divine life, the more one receives that life, precisely because it is a gift and is properly infinite. God’s life is had, as it were, on the fly: when you receive it as a gift, you must give it away, since it only exists in gift form, and then you will find more of it flooding into your heart.

If you want to be happy, Jesus is saying, this divine love, this chesed of God, must be central to your life; it must be your beginning, your middle, and your end.

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