In the first reading, praying for God’s chosen people, Israel, Daniel prayed for God’s mercy and forgiveness for all the failures and infidelities of the people of Israel in their dealings with their God.
In the Gospel reading from the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus tells us to be merciful just as our Father in heaven is merciful, not to judge and condemn others so that we would not be similarly judged and condemned, and to be generous in giving so that we would receive much in return.
Lent is a time to place ourselves before Jesus on the cross and review our lives, our personal histories of grace and sin, who or what we love, how sensitive we have been to God’s grace and urgings. We are not to compare ourselves to others but with Jesus, who taught us how to live before and for God. We are called to be imitators of Christ. We are called to put on the mind and heart of Christ.
As we become more mindful of God’s grace in our lives, let us pray to grow in compassion and love for others, in tolerance and acceptance of others and in readiness to forgive others.