March 17, 2013 Fifth Sunday in Lent
This Gospel reading has to be one of our favorite as it is the foundation of the teachings of Jesus, and the grace of God’s forgiveness for our sins and shortcomings.
How often in our society do we judge and condemn others? You simply pick up the newspaper, and the headlines scream Guilty, person held without bail. As a society, we quickly jump to conclusions – we have tried and convicted the person – the jury of popular opinion. Yet, if we take a minute to really reflect, and place ourselves in the other person’s shoes, I know that we would pray for compassion and a just trial.
Who has not made a mistake, whether out of poor judgment or extreme emotional distress. Yet it seems that we expect God to forgive us, but forgiving others in the way that Jesus forgives us day in and day out is an entirely different matter. We attend Mass every week, and prayer the “Our Father”…forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…”
But do we really forgive as Jesus forgives us?
The Wasielewski Family