Tuesday 6 March 2018

About Today Readings

Daniel 3:25, 34-43. Psalm 24(25):4-9. Matthew 18:21-35.

Remember your mercies, O Lord—Psalm 24(25):4-9.

Forgive your brother or sister from the heart.

When Jesus tells Peter he must forgive his brother seventy-seven times he doesn’t mean he has to keep score. He wants us to continually reflect on our actions each day and choose to be compassionate to all. We see in the gospels how ready Jesus is to forgive those who have opened their hearts to his message and who come in a spirit of faith. It is those who behave like the hypocritical servant in today’s Gospel who Jesus condemns. This servant had begged his master to be patient. He had his debt cancelled. Yet he showed no mercy for his fellow servant.

Today we are invited to try to make forgiveness a practice at the heart of our daily living. This is a day by day lesson in patience and generosity for us who want to work with Jesus to create a better world.

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