Speak Lord: lenient, mild in judgement

Mother Teresa

The first reading at Mass on Sunday, the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, speaks of a gentleness in the God who cares for everything, every one.

There is no god, other than you, who cares for every thing,
to whom you might have to prove that you never judged unjustly;
Your justice has its source in strength,
your sovereignty over all makes you lenient to all.
You show your strength when your sovereign power is questioned
and you expose the insolence of those who know it;
but, disposing of such strength, you are mild in judgement,
you govern us with great lenience,
for you have only to will, and your power is there.

By acting thus you have taught a lesson to your people
how the virtuous man must be kindly to his fellow men,
and you have given your sons the good hope
that after sin you will grant repentance.
Wisdom 12:13,16-19

  •  Why is God lenient and mild in judgement?
  • What can you take from that as a guide for your own life?

A powerful story is told of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Mother Teresa:

One day Mother Teresa went to a local bakery to ask for bread for the starving children in the orphanage. The baker, outraged at people begging for bread from him, spat in her face and refused. Mother Teresa calmly took out her handkerchief, wiped the spit from her face and said to the baker, “Okay, that was for me. Now what about the bread for the orphans?”
The baker, shamed by her response, gave her the bread she wanted.

  •  What helped her to behave in such a moderate way?
  • What can you take from that as a guide for your own life?

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