Free to forgive
From today’s Scripture: “‘Unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart….’”—Mt 18:35
Forgiveness is a word we hear often. Lord, forgive me. “Mom, I am sorry, forgive me.” We want to be forgiving, we want to feel renewed.
Are we quick to forgive others? Loved ones, perhaps, but are we able to forgive those who have hurt us by their words and actions? This is hard.
We often carry unforgiveness on our shoulders. We are not free. We are burdened. Jesus calls us to forgive seventy times seven, in other words, all the time. Maybe we are at the point in which we can not forgive others, but we can pray for them? Hard, yes, but this act may lead us to the freedom of newness of life. Forgiveness helps us to live what the Lord calls us.
Let us pray: Lord, give me the grace to live the words that I say when I pray the Lord’s prayer: “As we forgive those who trespass against us.”
Today’s author is Glenmary Father Vic Subb, a member of our Development team. This reflection is also in Spanish, available by email.