Forgive them . . .

Mar 25, 2018

Peter asks Christ how often we should forgive and Christ answers . . . “70 X 7 times.”  In the Lord’s prayer we ask for forgiveness and in turn we are asked to forgive those who have sinned against us.

We are not to count the number of times we forgive; rather we are to forgive because God has forgiven us over and over.

Jesus asks us to “turn the other cheek” and go the extra mile.  He asks us to unconditionally and wholeheartedly forgive the offender.  He is asking us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

St. John Paul II provides a good role model when he forgave the man who shot and almost killed him.  Through his prayers and witness, this man converted to Christianity.

As he hung from the cross and looked down upon his persecutors - Christ said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”  By dying for all humanity and asking God to forgive those who crucified Him, Jesus saved us and made us sons and daughters of God.

Following His example, we pray for our enemies known and unknown.  We ask that the loving will of God be done in their lives and transform their hearts and ours, leading us to peace and reconciliation.

Lent is a good time for us to ask ourselves “Is there someone I need to forgive?”  We can do no less than Christ.  Challenging isn’t it?

Jeanne Leonardi

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