He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly
and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
– Micah 6:8 (NIV)
This prophetic passage provides us with three areas of advice
on how to live our lives
– in whatever situation we find ourselves in.
To act justly,
we must live our life according to Jesus’ golden rule:
“In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” (Mat 7:12)
This clearly does not mean that I should treat others according to how they are treating me.
To act justly,
we do not measure or try to balance how others have been treating us
when we decide on how we will treat them.
Acting justly means that I must always try to treat others
in the way I would want to be treated myself.
To love mercy,
we must be ready and willing to forgive all others,
for all our hurts, big and small.
Just as God has forgiven me,
and because He requires us to love one another,
I must always bring myself to willingly forgive.
To love mercy
means that we do not base our forgiveness on whether or not we think others deserve it.
Loving mercy is being always ready to forgive others because God wants me to love them,
and because I know that forgiveness and healing are essential
for love and peace to reign in my heart and my relationships.
To walk humbly with your God.
We must never forget that we are nothing without God.
All we are and all we have are gifts from God.
I know that the love I can share with others
is possible only because God first loved me
and because I know that God is the source of all true love.
To walk humbly with God
means understanding that the love God gives us
is the same love we share with our family and friends,
and with all those we encounter in our life in Christ.
[*] today’s reflection owes a lot to an article by Deacon John Brasley at www.catholiccourier.com
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Lord Jesus, thank You for showing me how to love.
Grant, Lord, that I will always act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with You.