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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 4, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

forgiveness

How can I forgive when it hurts so much? Every time I try to forgive and I want to forgive but when I think about the hurt, I’m enraged! So how can I forgive? I have given him/her more than enough chances! Am I to be a doormat for them to walk all over me? Forgiveness is for the weak is it not?

Jesus tells us to forgive seventy seven times in other words without reservation, without limit. Just as our heavenly Father is merciful to us for the countless times and ways we have sinned against Him.  But how can we expect to be forgiven even if we fall on our knees and plead for God’s mercy for our sin; which is huge even enormous when it is measured as a sin against infinite holiness and goodness, when we ourselves will not forgive the tiny fault of our brother or sister in comparison? Where is the justice in that?

Forgiveness is an act of love in itself is it not? It requires effort, strength of character and often times the healing grace from God which He readily grants us, do we pray to Him?  Isn’t it far easier to be angry and exercise righteous indignation? But are we called to take the easy and wider road? Can we form a forgiving behavior instead, rooted in the love of Christ as we are called to do?

Let us pray…

You know, O Lord, how hard we find it to forgive those who have offended us. Yet you ask us to forgive without restrictions. Make us capable, Lord of the love you ask of us, for alone we may not succeed at what you have asked. Help us through Christ our Lord. Amen.

GOSPEL Matthew 18:21–35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy–seven times. That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt. At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’ Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan. When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he refused. Instead, he had him put in prison until he paid back the debt. Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and reported the whole affair. His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’ Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”