In the first reading St. Paul reminds us that we are all sinners, but, because of God’s love and mercy and through the redeeming suffering and death of his Son Jesus Christ, God has forgiven us and made us righteous. Every time we approach God for forgiveness through the ministry of the Church in the sacrament of reconciliation, we cannot but be overwhelmed by his forgiving love and mercy which forgive us our offenses and make us righteous before him and the Church.
If God is so forgiving to me, can I do less to those who have wronged me? Pope Francis has said, “If I cannot forgive, I cannot ask for forgiveness. Jesus teaches us to pray like this to the Father: ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”‘
In the Gospel reading we hear very strong condemnation of our Lord for the religious leaders of the Jews for their hypocrisy and lack of care and concern for those committed to their care and leadership.