Pastors Desk: Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / C

Posted 11th June 2016 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 12th June 2016 - Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / C

forgivenessSometimes it is very difficult to seek forgiveness from someone we have hurt. Because it means we have to admit that we have done something wrong first. We can also be afraid to ask for forgiveness because we are frightened that the person we are asking will reject our request. Thankfully that’s not how God works. He knows our wrongdoing and is always willing to forgive when we come seeking it. We never have to worry that he will reject us.

At the beginning of mass today and each time we gather around the Lords table we are asked to pause briefly and reflect on how we may have offended God and in turn seek his forgiveness. Every occasion we pray the Our Father we also ask him to ‘Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who have trespassed against us’. Not only are we asking for his forgiveness but we are promising to pass it on in turn to those who have offended us.

The Woman in today’s gospel, who is heavily burdened with sin is a good example to us all. She knows she has done wrong and that her faults and failings are well known in her community, yet she eventually finds peace and rest in Christ and is moved to tears by her experience. She is an inspiration to us all to do the same.

If we have truly experienced the love of God in our lives, then we are duty bound to forgive those who have hurt us. Christ does not say that it’s easy, but we must learn to forgive and free ourselves from the hurt.

Fr Gerry

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