Forgive

Greetings on this the Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent
Readings: Dn 3:25, 34-43; PS 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9; Mt 18:21-35

Our Father… forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…

We say it all the time.

A very nice write up on the Our Father can be found here: https://clarionherald.org/news/explaining-the-seven-petitions-of-the-our-father

Peter approached Jesus and 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.

That is to say always.

It is an imperative.

There was a severe penalty for accepting forgiveness and not giving forgiveness, a prison.

So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”

But listen to the words of Azariah in the book of Daniel.

But with contrite heart and humble spirit
let us be received.

To which we add…
But with contrite heart and humble spirit
let us forgive.

Today is a good day to forgive someone.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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