Thursday 13 August 2020
Ss Pontian and Hippolytus
Ezekiel 12:1-12. Do not forget the works of the Lord! – Psalm 77(78):56-59, 61-62. Matthew 18:21 – 19:1.
How often must I forgive my brother?
Lord, it is hard to give up my grudges and resentments. ‘I didn’t do anything wrong . . . it was them, those others over there . . . They misunderstood me, disrespected me. Don’t they understand that I am busy? I can’t be worrying about hurt feelings, especially when I didn’t mean to hurt them; besides they’re just being overly sensitive’.
Among the many lessons we’ve learned from the crises that has buffeted us this year – drought, fire, pandemic, economic difficulties – is that the only certainty in life is its uncertainty. How selfish of me then to hold on to my resentments in the face of community suffering. Lord give me the courage to face my failings, the ability to forgive and also to accept forgiveness with grace.
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