FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Third Tuesday of Lent, March 26, 2019
WORD of the DAY
That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt. At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full. Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan. When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, ‘Pay back what you owe. Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back. But he refused. Instead, he had him put in prison until he paid back the debt… So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart. (Matthew 18: 23-30/35)
How shall I live this Word?
God’s forgiveness is really the ‘gift given’, it is the gift that helps us to change our life if accepted with truth, with sincerity. The strength of His Love in us cannot leave us indifferent, it has the power to change our lives if we let it. If we allow Good to enter our heart, our mind, then our relationship with others changes as it changes our gaze on God as well. Our life is converted to the logic of compassion, of forgiveness received and given that only in this way becomes true and effective for us and for others.
Lord, increase my faith.
THE VOICE OF Pope Francis – Morning Meditation, March 10, 2015
…asking for forgiveness is not a simple apology but it is being aware of the sin, of the idolatry that I did, of the many idolatries; secondly, God always forgives, always, but also requires that I forgive, because if I do not forgive, in a certain sense, it is as if I close “the door to God’s forgiveness”. Instead, it is a door that we must keep open: let us allow God’s forgiveness to enter so that we can forgive others.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA