If we accept forgiveness from God, why are we still waiting?

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English: The healing of the paralytic : wall p...

English: The healing of the paralytic : wall painting in the baptistry of the domus ecclesiae in Dura Europos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Gift:  Wisdom– With the gift of wisdom, we see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of our lives take on deeper meaning. The matters of judgment about the truth, and being able to see the image of God.

 

Reading:  Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?  (Luke 5:23)

 

Observation:  If we are truly Christian, we should accept that we are forgiven for our sins by the power of God, who sent his Son to suffer and die in place of the punishment that we deserve for the life that we have lived to this point.   So, now are we waiting like the scribes and Pharisees, who Jesus had to perform the healing of the paralytic man for, to prove that He has the power to forgive sins.  Today, I am asking myself about all the things in my life, that are like the paralytic man, that I am waiting to be healed to prove that Jesus has the power to forgive my sin.  I need to accept my paralysis and redeem it with the power of forgiveness that comes from the grace of God.

 

Personification:  Faithfulness.  The fruit of faithfulness is a great fruit for me to display today to prove to God that I am no longer waiting to see miracles to believe.  How do I show faithfulness, but by being present for the work that God is doing in and through me today.

 

Prayer:  Lord, help me recognize your goodness in everyone I meet today and be a vehicle of your grace to all the ones that you would have me embrace with your love.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen!

 

 

 

Be on your guard…(Forgive, not so freely?)

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~day 306: the nature of God~
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Gift:  Wisdom– With the gift of wisdom, we see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of our lives take on deeper meaning. The matters of judgment about the truth, and being able to see the image of God.

Reading:  Be on your guard!* If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.”  (Luke 17:3-4)

Observation:  I read through the readings and was reminded of a song that talks about justice and mercy that I will share with my sister on Facebook for her birthday.  However, I could not get away from these verses in the gospel reading for today’s Mass.  Jesus is talking about forgiveness, and it is a good reminder to me that I do not have to feel compelled to forgive someone until they have repented of the evil that they have done to me.

Personification:  Love  Since today is my little sister’s birthday, I will focus on displaying the fruit of love to her.  I will also focus on display the love of God to everyone else that I come in contact with today, because of the love that I have for my sister.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to display the fruit of love to everyone today, as a form of prayer for my sister, so that she will know more about your perfect love in her life.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

Seven times seventy times…Not easy, but the reward is eternal!

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Gift:  Piety (Reverence) – With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.

Reading:  19 Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.  That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants.

His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’  Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. 23

24 So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.”  (Matthew 18:22-23,32-35)

Observation:  Of course, as I read the gospel reading for today, I was immediately thinking of the recently released Chris August song, “7 X 70”.  However, as I got to the end of the reading and read the footnotes for the verses that I chose above, I realized that Jesus’ message to Peter and his disciples is a little more ominous perhaps, than just the good news of forgiveness.  He is telling us in the end of this parable that unless we forgive from the heart, we will spend eternity in hell.  I guess it would have been easier to hear the message of forgiveness and leave it at that, but I think Jesus is telling us something much more important here.

Personification:  Generosity  It is my intention today to show generosity to everyone that I meet today.  As most people who know me know that I am not rich in terms of earthly wealth, so this generosity will have to come in the form of forgiveness.  No matter what adversity I come across, I will choose to forgive the other person regardless of the circumstances.  In my opinion, Jesus was telling us how to forgive, not just to point out the eternal punishment that awaits those who don’t forgive, but also to show that this forgiveness is a pathway to sharing God’s love with others.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to be a person of forgiveness and love.  Please show me the path to righteousness and I thank you for the mercy that you have shown me for the times that I have sinned against you.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

Her sins are forgiven, and she goes in peace…

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Jesus Christ Crucifix

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Gift:  Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.

Reading:  But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”  (Luke 7:50)

Observation:  I was trying to understand this morning whether this woman who was forgiven by Jesus Christ in the flesh would have gone back to her sinful nature after she left the presence of Jesus.  In my attempt to figure out if this woman was like me, I realized that if I could see that it was Jesus who exists in the church, I could realize the same forgiveness that she felt when she came into the presence of Jesus at the Pharisee’s home.

Personification:  Peace – Quiet, inner confidence that keeps us from feeling uptight and anxious.  I can’t remember the last time that I chose to focus on the fruit of peace.  It will be my focus today to display the peace that comes from truly being forgiven for my sins.  I will remember that I am in the presence of Jesus when I go to Mass this morning, and hopefully he will see by the love I show him and the others present at the Mass that I truly wish to be forgiven and go in peace.

Prayer:  Lord, please help me to see you in the celebration of the Mass this morning and every time I take part in the Mass and remember to show him the great love shown to him by the great sinner that I am.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.