St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
Genesis 12:1-9 + Matthew 7:1-5
June 21, 2021
“The measure with which you measure will be used to measure you.”
Pondering the mystery of Christ, we find that God calls us to imitate Christ in our moral lives along the same line that we accept Christ: first, in humble faith; then, with a burning desire to extend God’s love to those beyond our immediate reach. Thus in the Ten Commandments we are called to serve both God and neighbor.
The first three command us to love God completely, above all others; the last seven command us to serve our neighbor as we love God. Yet growth in the spiritual life is measured by the extent that we see the first three as intertwined with the latter seven. We are called to love our neighbor as we love God. Better yet, we are called to love our neighbor as God loves us.
In today’s Gospel passage we hear Jesus commanding us to forgive our neighbor. “The measure with which you measure will be used to measure you.” We should be mindful that our sins, as infinite offenses against Almighty God, will not permit us finally to enter into His Presence unless we are shown infinite mercy by Almighty God. So we ourselves must forgive others if we ourselves hope to live in God’s sight.