In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks of forgiveness.

So many times in the Gospel Jesus forgives sin.  On the Cross He dies forgiving those who are killing Him

He calls us to keep on forgiving each other.

When we do not forgive, we are carrying a heavy burden.

Forgiveness is about liberation and love.

In the prayer that Jesus taught us, we say ‘forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us’.

Forgiveness is not always easy.

It does not mean that it is just simply saying ‘sorry’.

It does mean that those who have done wrong on their part need to be truly sorry for the hurt that they have caused.  It does also mean that there needs to be amends as appropriate.

It may also mean that those who are the forgiving, might need time to be able to progress towards healing.  Sometimes all a person can do at the moment is to pray to be able to forgive.,

On the other hand, it is important not to get stuck and keep putting off for ever, to start moving towards forgiveness.

I have seen families not talk to each other for years because of a dispute about a will, or some other matter.

Conscious of God’s forgiveness to us, and of how readily Jesus gave forgiveness, we have an ideal put before us.  The ideal is to be able to forgive.

It is healing to rise above our pain, and to embrace living life to the fullest.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is darkness, light

Where there is sadness, joy

O, Divine Master,

Grant that I many not so much seek to be consoled, as to console

To be understood, as to understand

To be loved, as to love

For it is giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

(St. Francis of Assisi)

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