Seventh Week After Epiphany, Sunday, February 20, 2022
“But I say to you who are listening, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who are cruel to you. If anyone slaps you on one cheek, offer [them] the other cheek, too. If someone takes your coat, do not stop [them] from taking your shirt. Give to everyone who asks you, and when someone takes something that is yours, don’t ask for it back. Do to others what you would want them to do to you. If you love only the people who love you, what praise should you get? Even sinners love the people who love them. If you do good only to those who do good to you, what praise should you get? Even sinners do that! If you lend things to people, always hoping to get something back, what praise should you get? Even sinners lend to other sinners so that they can get back the same amount! But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without hoping to get anything back. Then you will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High God, because [God] is kind even to people who are ungrateful and full of sin. Show mercy, just as your Father shows mercy.
“Don’t judge others, and you will not be judged. Don’t accuse others of being guilty, and you will not be accused of being guilty. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. You will be given much. Pressed down, shaken together, and running over, it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you.”
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
Your mercy reaches the heavens. The wind blows from all directions, bringing Life-giving Spirit’s message: “As far as I have come from all directions, I have only known Creator’s mercy.” Your mercy never ends. Your storehouses are always full. You have told us what is good; we too will never be empty if we follow your ways and give completely to others.
Yahweh, we confess we want to hoard, to get revenge, to judge, and to retaliate against those who hurt us or who are different from us. In the quiet stillness of this space, we hear you call us your Beloved. Thank you for showing kindness and mercy to us and your creation. Thank you for gently reminding us to use our words and actions to bless and not to curse others.
I receive your mercy today, Yahweh, and thank you for…
There is no place where we can hide from your mercy. So let it also be said of us in our families, communities, workplaces, heavenly realms, and generations to come that we gave mercy to others with full God-like abandon. May others see your perfect reflection in us and praise your name!
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler