Bishop’s Homily for the Mass of 17 March 2014

Bishop’s Homily for the Mass of 17 March 2014. Readings: Dan 9:4b-10; Ps 79:8, 9, 11 and 13; Luke 6:36-38
            On Monday at his Mass, Bishop Robert F. Vasa began his homily by quoting the closing verse from today’s Gospel: “The measure you use will, in turn, be measured out to you.”
            “It’s fortunate for us,” he observed, “that the Lord is infinitely is merciful. And even though the command is, ‘Be merciful just as your Father is merciful’ (Luke 6:36), the gracious truth is that the Father is merciful even though we are not.”
            The bishop then noted that in today’s reading from the Book of Daniel, “we have that whole list of sins, and Daniel is pretty clear that, ‘We have sinned [and] been wicked and done evil’ (v. 6) ‘We have rebelled’ (v. 6). And that whole list shows us where we stand.
            “And then, ‘Yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness’ (v. 9). What a great contrast between how we are and how God is. How great a contrast between how we are and how we are called to be.
            “Lent is a great time and a season for us to look at that huge discrepancy and strive within this great season to narrow that gap just a little.” The bishop said we should work so that we will end our Lent having moved “closer to God and are leaning at least toward being merciful, as He is merciful to us.”