Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – To be forgiven, you must forgive

Peter went up to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22.

 

Here at the beginning of the gospel of today we are challenged to forgive, forgive and forgive again. It sounds so easy. “I forgive you.” “Forgive me. I forgive you.” But all of us know that saying it is one thing and deep down in our hearts it’s quite another. Misunderstandings and angers can go deep, disagreements can go on and on. This is where Jesus challenges us, as he challenges the apostles to change our lives, to allow him to change our hearts, so that we can truly forgive all those who have hurt or harmed us.

 

Sadly, we often justify ourselves and feel that it isn’t our fault. The other person is to blame. But Jesus doesn’t ask who is to blame, he asks if we are generous enough, loving enough to forgive.

 

Jesus says, “If you don’t forgive, how can you ask your Father to forgive you when you are in the wrong?” So, as we pray the Our Father today, at Mass, during the Rosary, in the Chaplet and in our other private prayer let us say the words: “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us” and mean them. Because if we want to be forgiven, we must forgive, not just confess before God what we have done wrong (we need to do that too) but to truly have a change of heart, a heart filled with Christ’s love and forgive all who have done us harm, so that we can know the loving forgiveness of the Farther in our lives.

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and you are welcome to join us online.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

Please note that St. Teilo’s will be open for Mass at 10.00am today, Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday.  We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, September 14th.

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