FORGIVE! THERE IS NO ROOM FOR RETALIATION
Christians are called to reflect God’s perfect love even when faced with hatred and injustice. God’s love is unconditional. It is not based on the condition that one is holy or deserving. God is love and, therefore, loves even the greatest sinner with nothing less than 100% love. He causes his sun to rise on bad people as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest people alike. Love is more than a natural attraction to those we might like. It is a decision of the will to act positively towards everybody, regardless of whatever evil or hatred may be encountered.
The most severe testing of the depth of one’s Christian spirit is the willingness to forgive. It is pointless asking somebody to forget the past. The option is not between forgetting or remembering. Our only option is about how we remember…. with negative reactions or with the love of Christ. Prayer is the source of lifting up our hearts to Christ’s level. ‘It is not in our power not to feel or to forget an offence; but the heart that offers itself to the Holy Spirit turns injury into compassion and purifies the memory in transforming the hurt into intercession’ (Catechism # 2843)
Wishing all Parishioners & Friends Happy and Blessed Sunday! – Fr Francis, MSP