Posted by: livingscripture | September 11, 2011

Twenty Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive?  As many as seven times?”

                        Matthew 18: 21                                                               

How should we live this Word 

Peter offers what he thinks is a very generous answer.  He is disposed to forgive seven times instead of demanding the due reparation.  He perhaps expects Jesus to praise him.  However, Jesus does not think this way.  Without any hesitation, He proposes what may leave us breathless if we take it seriously.  “Be merciful as your Father is merciful.”  It reminds us of our God who makes the sun to shine on the good and the bad without waiting for a sign of repentance or gratitude.  He is the God who precedes the asking for forgiveness by the long awaited son with a loving embrace.  He is the God who with His forgiveness, regenerates and re-launches us on the adventure of love, restoring trust when we have difficulty in re-gaining it.  God does not tire of our failures.  He encourages us so that we may be victorious in loving.

Forgiving as He forgives is much more that acting as though nothing has happened.  Forgiving means believing in the capacity of others to change.  It means cheering them on and continuing to regard them as brothers and sisters with whom to celebrate.  It means receiving them as renewed gifts of God.                                                  

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on my willingness to forgive.  Do I lack joy in my heart precisely because I do not forgive others.  I will draw on God’s own mercy to help me pardon all. 

Father, Your mercy towards me fills me with joy.  Wrap me in Your mercy that I may be ready to forgive others and treat them as my sisters and brother.

  The voice of Hyacinth Vulliez, Author

Forgiving means re-launching a new story.

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