Dn 9:4b-10; Ps 79; Lk 6:36-38

The measure with which you measure will in turn be measured out to you.
What you give, God will give you? What you do to others, God will do to you? That sounds a little quid pro quo and not like the God that Jesus calls “Abba.” Or could it be that this “measure for measure” indicates something more basic, more intrinsic to the human makeup? Expending energy gives us more energy. Generosity makes us receptive to the many gifts of this life. Honesty makes us more trusting. Forgiving others helps us accept forgiveness and even forgive ourselves. Loving opens us to love. We’re made in God’s image to be like God — offering not grudging little trickles of mercy, but gushing waterfalls, testifying to the abundance, the bounty, of God.
Creator God, you who made us in your image and know us completely, give us the grace this day to reach farther, dig deeper, listen longer, and love without measure.