Our Principal's Corner
“A Good Measure"
March 18, 2019
by Mr. Swann, Principal
This weekend was a great weekend by most standards. There wasn’t really anything “earth shattering” or incredible that happened to say. I didn’t win the lottery or find out my student loans are forgiven, or receive any awards, or be elected to any prestigious office…no, I was just in good company in the midst of a sunny few days which culminated in a wonderful mass and baptism on Saint Patrick’s Day.
It was during these few days that, in between discussions and travel – work and such, I reflected on the blessings of God in my life. Not so much in prayer but a personal inventory of where I am, and where I should/need to be. I share this because the world is full of chaos and turmoil. One only needs to switch on the local news or pick up a paper to realize things seem so far out of our hands. What can we do to stop the destruction of our world? In many cases we want to do something profound. We want to find that one thing that can turn the direction of society today toward a better tomorrow. However, almost everyone of us is still searching for whatever that may be; “if it were that easy”, right? Maybe the readings for today from the Gospel of Luke can shed some light on it. (Spoiler alert, it’s not “earth shattering” but it is profound and before it can be done correctly, you will have to do a little self-inventory.”
Jesus said to his disciples, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you.
“A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
I love it when Jesus offers us wisdom in the form of an understood agreement: “Do this, and this will happen”. For the “why-kid” growing up, I need this type of reasoning behind instructions. Much like the Lord’s Prayer, this scripture from Luke tells us not only what we are to do, but what will be done to us in return. The last line specifically “A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
I love it! So, if want good, give good! If we want change, we need to change ourselves! What we pump into the world will be pumped out from the world! In order for us to truly change the world we much first change ourselves. Don’t want people to talk bad about you, don’t talk bad about other people! Want more people to go to church, make sure you are there! Want our government to heal relationships within our country, start healing the relationships in our everyday life. So on, and so on.
We must stop acting as though it’s someone else’s job and begin taking responsibility for our own influences in the lives of others. These very scriptures make obvious our responsibility while showing us how simple it is to fulfill that responsibility. Likewise, the scripture tells us what we can expect in return by following its instructions. During this Lenten season I encourage each of you to look at your everyday efforts to see where you are growing and where you may be shrinking in your spiritual life. It is our personal relationship with Jesus Christ that is at the focal point here! Our Lenten journey calls us to examine it as well as our relationships with others in our Christian community because, as we were told by Jesus in the gospel of Luke, we are going to get out exactly what we put into it.