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Tag Archive for ‘forgiveness’

Sunday 17 September

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ecus.27:30-28:7, Psalm 103, Romans 14:7-9, Matthew 18:21-35 Forgive and forgive Jesus Christ tells me a graphic story today about the relationship of my sin, repentance and forgiveness to my ability to forgive others the hurt they inflict on me. Forgiving must be done often and deeply. In marriage both frequency […]

Thursday 17 August

Joshua 3:7-11, 13-17; Psalm 114; Matthew 18:21-19:1 Forgiving with the heart Today’s prayer has to be ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, the one that anchors forgiveness firmly as my personal responsibility. Forgive us our trespasses, we pray, as we forgive those who trespass against us. The wisdom of Jesus in giving us that prayer touches a very […]

Tuesday 8 August

St Mary of the Cross McKillop Colossians 3:12-17; Psalm 32; Matthew 6:25-34 God’s chosen There is a uniform to be worn by all God’s ‘chosen’: kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness. And over all these they are to put on, like a cloak or overcoat, love. Love alone is what will bind together and protect […]

Friday 7 July

Genesis 23:1–4,19–24:1– 8, 62–67; Psalm 106; Matthew 9:9–13 Jesus embodies mercy Within healings of outsiders, Jesus calls a marginalized Jew to follow him. The tax collector, Matthew, belongs to a despised group who collaborated with the occupying Romans and were thought to be dishonest. Jesus and his disciples join tax collectors and sinners for dinner. […]

Thursday 22 June

2 Corinthians 11:1-11; Psalm 111; Matthew 6:7-15 Prayer – to the point Jesus places before his disciples this wonderfully positive prayer. Short and to the point, it covers relationships with God, the Kingdom of God, nourishment and forgiveness. If Jesus can keep prayer positive and to the point, perhaps we can? Perhaps that is truly […]

Tuesday 21 March

Daniel 3:25, 34-43; Psalm 25; Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness God’s love is unconditional, God’s mercy is unconditional, but God’s forgiveness is conditional – conditional on our forgiving others. ‘… that is how my heavenly Father will deal with each of you, unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.’ A warning which Jesus reinforces in […]

Tuesday 7 March

Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 34; Matthew 6:7-15 How to pray The Lord’s Prayer is not an instruction as to what to pray, but rather, how to pray. It teaches us to keep it simple, to use our own words, to be open and honest with God, to tell him our needs and to ask for his […]

Saturday 4 March

Isaiah 58:9-14; Psalm 86; Luke 5:27-32 Dinner with Jesus Can you envisage the dinner conversation between Jesus and the ‘tax collectors and sinners’? Would he have admonished them for their sinful lifestyles? I doubt it. Small talk? Probably. Questioning them about themselves? Yes. Answering their (many) questions? Certainly. But, most importantly, by his conversations with […]

Thursday 23 February

St Polycarp Ecclesiasticus 5:1-8; Psalm 118; Mark 9:41-50 Your darkness Sometimes our sinfulness puts us into a dark place. Guilt and shame can weigh heavily and may dominate our moods and thinking. Rainer Maria Rilke has a poem in which he observes that darkness also has a positive side to it. It has a special […]

Monday 20 February

Ecclesiasticus 1:1-10; Psalm 93; Mark 9:14-29 The power of prayer How do you pray? What do you pray about? Your prayer may be in the form of a request for something you need. It may be asking God’s help or healing for some person who is dear to you. Your prayer may be contemplative, holding […]