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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: March 13, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

One of the greatest obstacles to receiving the Graces of God and drawing near to Him is unforgiveness. We comit heinous sins, acts of betrayal against the Lord our God and expect to be forgiven. But we in turn refuse to forgive others for their betrayal and hurts which they caused us.

Know now then that unforgiveness is in itself a sin against God. For His command is to love one another as He loved us. And He loved us so much that He forgave us our sins from the cross, the cross in which we hung Him up by our sins, our unforgiveness. Lift up your burdens of unforgiveness to the Lord and You will be filled with the grace necessary to forgive just as you are forgiven.

Let us turn to our merciful and faithful Lord and saviour Jesus Christ who will never abandon us. Amen

First reading
Daniel 9:4-10

O Lord, God great and to be feared, you keep the covenant and have kindness for those who love you and keep your commandments: we have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly, we have betrayed your commandments and your ordinances and turned away from them. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. Integrity, Lord, is yours; ours the look of shame we wear today, we, the people of Judah, the citizens of Jerusalem, the whole of Israel, near and far away, in every country to which you have dispersed us because of the treason we have committed against you. To us, Lord, the look of shame belongs, to our kings, our princes, our ancestors, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God mercy and pardon belong, because we have betrayed him, and have not listened to the voice of the Lord our God nor followed the laws he has given us through his servants the prophets.

Luke 6:36-38

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.’