The Cross, Symbol of Forgiveness

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March 29, 2011 by bobet888

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

– Matthew 18 :21 -35

March 29, 2011 Bible Reading and Gospel

When someone hurts us, we feel the sting of rejection. But by rejecting an apology, we would merely be “ stinging” in return. Jesus’ coming into the world inaugurated a new way of life. No longer were people to settle for the law of retribution – “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” Jesus taught a new way of life, and he showed us how to live it through his own example. Left to our own natural powers we would find it very difficult to forgive once, let alone seven times in a single day. Yet Jesus showed us how to do it. In his agony on the cross, he was not vindictive; he forgave. If we look at a crucifix and remember that Jesus forgave us from the cross, don ’t we believe that he will give us the strength to forgive our neighbor?

– Father Daniel Pajerski

Lord Jesus, you proved your love for me by dying on the Cross. There you also showed me that forgiveness is possible. You are calling me to have a kind and forgiving heart. I believe you can transform my heart into a source of love and pardon. Amen.


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