Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. —Luke 6:37-38
In this season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, today’s Gospel gives us ideas of what we might fast from besides the traditional chocolate, coffee, or alcohol. We can fast from judging others (“That mom doesn’t have her act together—her son’s shirts are always stained” or “How ignorant is he that he voted for X candidate?”).
We can pray for the freedom to forgive others who have hurt our loved ones or us. Finally, we can take
opportunities to give to others with more generosity and freedom. We might do it spontaneously (“We’ve got extra pie, let’s share with our neighbor.”) or intentionally (buy gift cards to a fast food restaurant to give out to panhandlers).
FOR ACTION: What can you commit to doing this week to heed Jesus’ words in the passage above?