Daily homily thoughts 3/13

Today’s Collect had us praying for strong hearts. It is a good thing to pray for. As our gospel suggests today, it is a weak heart that judges, condemns, refuses to forgive. The psalmist asks God not to deal with him according to his sins; a weak heart treats people according to the ways they have wronged us before. The opposite of a weak heart is a strong one–a heart that measures out generously, and without counting the cost, compassion and mercy to others…regardless of mood or feelings or stress or whatever. How fitting that these should be our readings today, on the fourth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis.