In forgiveness mode all the time...

LENT 2020 – Day 21

Dan 3, 2, 11-20; Ps 24, 4-9; Mt 18, 21-35

Even though Azariah’s Prayer has a specific context, we know that he prayed for his country as a whole. His words of lamentation fit the current mood worldwide: we are “brought low this day in all the world because of our sins.” So, making Azariah's prayer our own, let's say: “Do not put us to shame, but deal with us in thy forbearance and in thy abundant mercy.” This sentiment is in the hearts of millions faced with the corona virus.

Quite often, deadly sins stand between relatives and friends, causing social and emotional distance. Some sins of our generation cry out to heaven! Curiously, in the Our Father we conveniently focus on the “forgive-us-our-trespasses” part of it and gloss over the words “as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.”

Jesus wants us to forgive “seventy times seven”, to ensure that we are in forgiveness mode all the time. His mercy and forgiveness is limitless; he even gave up his life to pay the price for our sins. This is a huge debt that we can’t repay; we can only participate in His suffering by relieving our neighbour of their own....

“Remember your mercy, Lord,” we pray. And He does remember His mercy at all times. What about us and our mercy vis-à-vis our neighbour?

Forgive, and you'll find love!

Lent 2020 – Day 16

Readings: Mic 7, 14-15, 18-20; Ps 102, 1-4, 9-12; Lk 15, 1-3, 11-32

There are those who hold the Lord in awe and others who disregard Him; there are those who loathe His name and, happily, many who love and adore Him. Negative attitudes stem from ignorance and/or malice, for the simple truth is that the Lord is at once just and merciful.

God forgives our guilt, heals our ills, and redeems our life from the grave. Mind you, these words make sense not in times of the corona virus alone; the Lord crowns us with compassion and love at all times.... We can’t thank Him enough!

Sometimes children think of parents as oppressive, but who can fail to see the reality of parental love in the parable of the Prodigal Son? Both son and father were "prodigal" – the former wasteful, the latter extravagant in love. And the father’s cry, “This your brother was dead and is alive,” only goes to show his concern for his son’s physical and spiritual health.

Let’s rid ourselves of misconceived notions, repent and forgive, and we shall find authentic love. Now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6: 2).

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Repentance is key

Day 11
Readings: Dan 9, 4b-10; Ps 78, 8-9, 11-13; Lk 6, 36-38

Daniel makes a fervent plea for repentance: ours is a God who is steadfast in love and keeps His covenant. We are in the depths of distress; it is only fair to request the Lord to not hold the guilt of our fathers against us. Indeed, if God were to be only just and not merciful, who would survive?

For our part, we must resolve to turn a new leaf and go ahead, like prodigal sons, saying, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.’

Jesus, who has taught us to say, ‘Forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us,’ also reminds us to be merciful and to not judge rashly; to condemn not, if we wish to not be condemned; to give generously, for the measure in which we give we shall receive.... But to get here, repentance is of the essence.