Thursday, August 14, 2014

Reflection: Matthew 18:21-19:1


Matthew 18:21-19:1 (20th week of Ordinary Time)

The theme of forgiveness continues in today’s Gospel reading.  Peter is not shy!  He asks Jesus how many times he “needs” to forgive, how many times he “should” forgive.  Only Peter would have the courage to ask Jesus this question!

We all think like Peter at times.  Do we ask Jesus this very same question?  At some point in our lives, all of us have had painful experiences at the hands of another. Forgiving that person is not easy, especially when we have been hurt deeply! However, we always have the time to change our minds and our hearts by asking Jesus to give us the grace to want to forgive.  This is a first step.  When we are able to even try to forgive another, it may not only free them but most likely it also will free us!

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