24th Sunday OT – 2017

 

“forgive not seven time but seventy-seven times (…) from your heart”

 

How many times did you forgive others their failings, today? How many times have you been forgiven?

A forgiveness is a great and so needed virtue. It is not the effect of the Alzheimer – an illness of some, we would like to think, elderly people. A forgiveness is an inner attitude, the attitude of a heart, a decision of our will, our free will.

Do other people deserve it? Do we deserve it? It is not a matter of who is or who is not worthy of forgiveness. It is a necessary element of our own well-being.

Just think a bit about it. Someone has hurt you. You carry a pain in your heart. The pain isn’t good, it isn’t a positive emotion or feeling. If you do not forgive, then to this pain – negative one, you add another one which goes along with a vengeance. Do you think it will make you well? Certainly NOT!!!

The one who has hurt you, has already forgotten all about it and is now keeping well. Meantime, you are tormenting yourself with all these negative emotions, feelings and thoughts, thinking about a revenge. What for? Don’t you love yourself? Why are you destroying or slowly killing yourself. It is not worthy.

God is calling you to the fullness of life and well-being, not to a misery. Get rid of these feelings and emotions and as Jesus says: “forgive (…) seventy-seven time (…) from your heart. Make your heart free and ready to accept God’s love and blessing which is given to us every single day.

Fr. Kgotsofalang SCJ

 

 

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