Pastors Desk: Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 16th February 2017 in Pastor's Desk

forgiveness2Pastor’s Desk 19th February 2017 - Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

In the book of Leviticus, we hear the Lord say to Moses ‘you must not bear hatred for your brother in your heart’. If your brother does wrong then for no reason, other than love, you should to tell him what his offence is so that he can change his ways.

Jesus challenges the social norm of his time which declared that a person was entitled to claim an eye for an eye to exact vengeance for some wrong doing committed against them. Instead he declares they should forgive those who do harm or wrong them. They should even go as far as loving and praying for their enemies. By doing so they can bring about a change of heart of the part of those who have done wrong.

Living out this challenge to love our neighbour as ourselves is perhaps the most difficult of all the commandments. We are tasked with loving not just those who love us but also those who have hurt us by things they have said and done in the past. But, Jesus told his disciples that they would be judged on the unconditional love they showed to others.

We are all grateful recipients of God’s forgiveness on many occasions in life. It follows that in return we should imitate God and share that forgiveness with those who have hurt us. When we do, we free ourselves of the burden or the hurt that has caused us pain and resentment once and for all.

Lord give us the grace to put love where there is hate, forgiveness where there is resentment, and healing where there are wounds and hurt.

Fr Gerry