Jesus gives forgiveness as a gift to people who do nothing to earn it and to some people who don’t seem to deserve it. He also forgives here and now. A person no longer has to live with sin, because Jesus is so generous with this gift. Forgiveness was a gift Jesus was happy to give. Remember this was the first thing he did for the paralytic who was lowered down from the roof.
When I think about it, I experience the same thing myself. It a relief, a joy to give. I feel so much better ! It’s always a joy to give a gift to someone you love.
Sometime however I look upon giving forgiveness as though I was heroic, or fulfilling a sacred duty to someone in need. Actually, I am the person who is very much in need. I fulfill that need when I forgive. I actually get more out of forgiveness than the person I forgive, because it frees me of my anger or frustration.
It’s very much what we need to always do ! It’s why Jesus came and who he came for. Remember, he said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
St. Joseph, pray for us.
DeColores, Deacon Doug
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Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
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