Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the First Week of Lent (20th February, 2018) on the Gospel
Ps 33:4-7.16-19 (R. v. 18);
Topic: We have no choice.
The book of Proverbs tells us that “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD” (Prov 15:8). Hence, in the book of Psalms we read, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Ps 32:1). This can only be obtained from God, cf. Ps 130:4. And luckily for us all, God has not only promised to forgive our sins, (cf. Heb 8:12; 10:17) but has fulfilled it in Christ Jesus, cf. Matt 1:21.
However, in today’s gospel Jesus taught us that prayer popularly known as Our Lord’s Prayer. It reads in part, “And forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us” (Matt 6:12, NLT). There is emphasis on this: “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matt 5:14-15, NLT).
No doubt we often find it very difficult to forgive but as we can see in today’s gospel, we have no choice. Christ also tells us, “... with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get” (Matt 7:2; Lk 6:38). So, whoever wants his or her sins to be forgiven must first forgive others.
Bible Reading: Ps 130; 151.
Thought for today: We must forgive others.
Let us pray: Lord, give us a new heart to be able to forgive – Amen.
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