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The Marian Fathers present this Lenten devotional series to help you prepare to receive graces on Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday.

Readings: Lev 19:1-2, 11-8; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 15; Mt 25:31-46
Diary: 83, 635, 660

"What you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.'" — Mt 25:45

A mom asks her teenager to "wash the dishes." The mother later finds a stack of dripping kitchenware. She had expected that her full intention would be understood and obeyed: Wash the dishes, dry them, and put them away.

In our spiritual lives, we will be judged not only by sins of commission (what we did that was wrong), but sins of omission (what we didn't do that we should have done).

In the first reading today from Leviticus, God instructs His people on how not to treat others. Each command is followed by the same reminder: "I am the LORD." In today's Gospel reading, Jesus gives a similar reminder of His authority, stating that when He comes in glory, He will be the just Judge. Jesus spells out the practical behaviors — and even the thoughts — we should have toward others.

In Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), he reminds the faithful that Jesus wants each one of us to be holy. He also spells out the many occasions that allow us to grow in holiness by serving our neighbor. The Holy Father writes:


The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence.


Prayer: My dear Jesus, may I always give my utmost out of love for You.


Missed a day? See previous "From Ashes to Mercy" daily meditations.

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