Lent Devotions 2019 – Day 19

day 19

REFLECT – Day 19:

I was just extremely rude to a man in Specsavers. I had misread the time of my appointment and was now half an hour late. I was annoyed at myself and took my frustration out on the employee. 

I am going to apologise tomorrow when I go in for my rescheduled appointment. (If I remember to go at the correct time). 

Following this situation, I am sat here with today’s bible passage and extremely challenged by my errors. Was I actually rude to Jesus?

Read Matthew 25:31-45. 

One day, God’s kingdom of justice and peace will come. The world will be set right. Those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness will be satisfied. All people will have to give account for they way we have lived. 

The Church has taken the list of acts of kindness in this parable and fashioned them into Seven Acts of Mercy (a list similar to the Seven Virtues or the Seven Deadly Sins). They are to:

  1. Feed the Hungry
  2. Give water to the thirsty
  3. Clothe the naked
  4. Shelter the homeless
  5. Visit the sick
  6. Visit the imprisoned
  7. Bury the dead (added to the list in the parable)

(I would add: don’t be rude to retail staff even when stressed.)

The richest life is not to live for ourselves but to live for others. The Church is called to be a community that lives out these acts of mercy and kindness as part of the life of every disciple. 

Sometimes we fail to live these out in the way we know we should. As I have tried to simply show with my honest everyday example. But these principles are acts that we can return to time and time again even when we have failed. This passage and these acts unite to guide us in Christlike lifestyles. 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope…

A Franciscan Prayer

Are you able to do something today which is one of the Seven Acts of Mercy?