Monday 13 June 2022
St Antony of Padua
1 Kings 21:1-16. Lord, listen to my groaning – Psalm 5:2-3, 5-7. Matthew 5:38-42.
Let your will be done
Today’s readings underscore for us how difficult it is to accept our own sinfulness when we become obsessed by those who have sinned against us. It is perilously easy to justify our own misdeeds by blaming those who have wronged us. Jesus calls for radical forgiveness: ‘Love your enemies’. This is not an issue of fairness: it is the only way to cleanse one’s heart, to stand free to give and receive the Grace of the Holy Spirit. Lord, bless my struggles with my self-righteousness and resentment. Help me towards the compassion with which you saw into the hearts of those who wronged you, and spoke to their inner brokenness. Even when I can’t forgive, give me the grace to ask you to forgive them, and to humbly pray ‘It is my will and intent to forgive . . . bless my intentions, dear Lord, and let your will be done’.