First Reading: 1 Ez. 12:1-12
Psalm: Ps. 78:56-57, 58-59, 61-62
Gospel: Mt. 18:21-19:1
Forgiveness is a way of living, of developing a habit of pardoning others for the little everyday hurts and annoyances and pardoning ourselves for small things as well. In short, forgiveness is choosing to love. It takes the hurt, acknowledges the problem, accepts the person, and goes forward from there. Forgiveness frees the forgiver and the one who accepts forgiveness and helps the forgiver and the forgiven to love and grow. Forgiveness heals relationships and heals the spirit.
Without forgiveness, we are condemned to live with resentment or guilt. Without forgiveness, bad feelings will deepen and harden. Instead of human fellowship, there will be separate individual prisons. When someone injures us and we hold onto the hurt, we cannot love.
To err is human, to forgive divine. We must imitate divine forgiveness. Nothing makes us more like God than to be always willing to forgive. It is a fearful thought that others may only see God as they see God in us.