FORGIVE as God forgives you

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD March 9, 2021  Third Tuesday of Lent WORD of the DAY  Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’ (Matthew 18:33) How shall I live this Word?   It is precisely from how the experience of God, known through Jesus, delves into us, enters our conscience, and consequently the overabundant measure of God’s compassion impregnates us in our relationship with others, that the world around us changes. It regenerates itself. This is what happened in the Christian experience from the first generation, from Stephen who dies forgiving, onwards. And the experience of Christian faith itself is born like this, to seek God in truth, to seek Him in the awareness of being sinners,  and around us the world will change. Matthew absorbed from Jesus this fundamental certainty which he reaffirms in every way, and here too, “I want mercy, says the Lord, not sacrifice.” Patient and merciful God, Who do not tire of taking the work of creation back into Your hands regenerating it with forgiveness, open our eyes, heart, mind so that we may know how to open up our whole life to the...