Lenten reflections 2018 - 03 - Tuesday - Third week of Lent



Tuesday - Third week of Lent
(Daniel 3: 25, 34-43; Matthew 18: 21-35)


'Lord, how often must I forgive          Not seven times, I tell you, but
seventy-seven times'.


Life is a mystery and we who live this life are truly indefinable in our essence. Two persons can have the same or similar experience, the one will become embittered and imprisoned, the other - in time - will move through the event and be liberated, free and full of vitality. Why the difference? Could it have anything to do with being unforgiving?

Forgiveness means letting someone back into your heart. This is ncsentimental act. It asks nothing but all of our love to extend the grace of healing. Forgiveness is not just a feeling, or condescension, or sellrighteousness - nor is it conditional. I will forgive if           Forgiveness is showing mercy, letting go of resentment and the need to take revenge If we hang onto hurts, they'll eventually destroy us. When forgiveness is given from the heart we can let go of these hurts and know the peace that only Christ can give us. Forgiveness is accepting people as they arc - they have to accept us too - with our spots, warts and love. So it means taking a risk - opening ourselves to hurt. It may be easy to forgive once or twice - but when it becomes the norm of life - it requires deep faith,love and trust. We are called to make forgiveness a way of living which can only happen in a deepened relationship with the God of our lives. Of course forgiveness means accepting graciously an apology. To erris human, to forgive divine. St John Chrysostom said that nothing makes us more like God than to be always willing to forgive. It's afearful thought that others may only see God as they see Him in us.

Breath Prayer

I breathe in:     'Christ's creative and gentle Light'

I breathe out:    'Permeating who/what needs to be forgiven'


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