We just heard how Jesus chastised very religious people who showed no mercy to others. They did so because they here hiding behind rules and regulations.
But what about us? We’re religious people too. Do we withhold mercy from others? If so, how?
- Do we simply ignore them by looking the other way?
- Do we dismiss them by saying they’re only getting what they deserve?
- Do we think that they’re somebody else’s problem, or the government’s?
- Do we judge them too harshly? More harshly than we judge ourselves?
- Do we not even notice them because we’re so focused upon our needs?
- Have our hearts become so hard that we just don’t care anymore?
The truth is that the world is full of people who cry out for mercy. Some live overseas, and some under our own roof. They cry out for food, help, a compassionate ear, forgiveness, and love.
Today’s gospel challenges us to put away our excuses, open our eyes, ears, and hearts, leave judgment to God alone, and share some of the mercy that he has showered upon us.