Monday 6 July 2020

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St Maria Goretti

Hosea 2:16-18, 21-22. The Lord is kind and merciful – Psalm 144(145):2-9. Matthew 9:18-26.

There’s great power in forgiveness

Maria Goretti, a 20th century Italian saint, was a young girl when she was violently stabbed in her home. While the attack was shocking, so too was Maria’s astonishing decision to forgive the man on her death bed.

The memory of this young girl lived on through those who cherished her, grieved her untimely death and especially reverenced her decision to forgive a seemingly unforgiveable act.

There’s a great power in forgiveness. The word ‘give’ lives within. To forgive is a gift. Jesus gives life and makes the broken whole. It is through healing of sins and illness, each inseparable from the other in this world of the Gospels, that we see Jesus intimately connected to others. Forgiven, we live again. Who is asking our forgiveness?

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