FORGIVE!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD March 1, 2021  Second Monday of Lent WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”    (Luke  6: 36- 38) How shall I live this Word?   Comment by Pope Francis of 21 September 2016 “I wonder: are Jesus’ words realistic? Is it really possible to love as God loves and be merciful like Him? We ask ourselves: What does it mean for disciples to be merciful? This is explained by Jesus with two verbs: ‘forgive’ and ‘ give’. In fact, forgiveness is the pillar that supports the life of the Christian community, because it shows the gratuitousness of the love with which God first loved us. The Christian must forgive! But why? Because he was forgiven. Forgiveness is the first pillar; giving is the...

The Saints Can Teach Us How to Forgive

It goes against our sinful human nature to renounce vengeance and to leave our malefactors unpunished, but this is what is expected of us. “‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Rom. 12:19).  This very difficult teaching was obeyed by the saints — although in some cases, not without much struggle — and […] Source: The Saints Can Teach Us How to...

Bring Healing to Your Wounded Friendships

Conversations can be difficult with those who disagree with our viewpoints. Sometimes these turn into painful discussions, because each party comes together with different life experiences. Most of us defend, deflect, or distract ourselves when we are triggered by something hurtful coming from another. In any conflict, we can aim to diffuse instead. We are […] Source: Bring Healing to Your Wounded...

WEDNESDAY of HOLY WEEK

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Wednesday of HOLY WEEK April 8, 2020 WORD of the DAY And while they were eating, he said, “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, “Surely it is not I, Lord?” He said in reply, “He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.” Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” He answered, “You have said so.” (Matthew 26: 21-25) How shall I live this Word? “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” Why does Judas ask this, he knows very well that for 30 pieces of silver, he has sold his ideals, his dreams, his freedom. He knows that for thirty pieces of silver he has sold the Son of God. Certainly it is you, Judas, the traitor! But you are not alone....

Third Tuesday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Tuesday of LENT March 17, 2020 WORD of the DAY Then Peter approaching asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. (Matthew 18: 21-22) How shall I live this Word? What Jesus says here is of a power that inundates with light the path of those who walk not only with the Gospel in their pocket, but within their daily life. Who has not been tried by some trouble brought to them by a man or woman from this earth? Sometimes the offense is very serious and forgiveness becomes difficult. But here is the Christian challenge. Yes, because Jesus Himself, on the infamous scaffold of the Cross, pronounced the precious words. “Forgive them because they don’t know what they are doing” (Lk 23:34). Lord, give me a heart that is continually vivified by You, by Your love, by Your grace so that forgiveness becomes a real occasion to tell You, “I believe in You Jesus and I love You.” The voice of Pope Francis Forgiveness is a power...

Second Monday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Monday of LENT March 9, 2020 WORD of the DAY “Be merciful, just as [also] your Father is merciful. “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you.” (Luke 6: 36-38) How shall I live this Word? Throughout His earthly life, through His words, gestures, His whole Person, Jesus communicated the Father, His love for us. In today’s Gospel, He reveals to us the very essence of the Father: Mercy. Jesus indicates the steps to take in order to be like the Father. “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.” These final words repeat in an even clearer way what Jesus had previously said, “What you want people to do to you, you do to them.” If you want to receive in good measure, give in good measure to the others! Do not wait for the other person to take the initiative, you take it and begin now! You will see that this is the way...