Christianity is all about boundless forgiveness

Saturday 12th August 2020

Christianity is all about boundless forgiveness

The theme of the gospel, Matthew 18:21-35, is all about forgiveness and mercy which are basic attitudes that every Christian must put into practice. Apart from the command to love one another there is no obligation which Christ taught more forcefully than of showing forgiveness. In actual fact of everyday life, forgiveness is more often talked about than put into practice because it is difficult and demanding. It takes a great deal out of us. Perhaps within families small incidents get blown out of proportion and rifts develop.

It can happen among neighbours and children and can cause unholy battles. In any community differences brought about by thoughtless words, selfish actions and jealousy provoke clashes. As a nation, it can emphasise old issues rather than reach out the hand of reconciliation.

The great Christian cry of forgiveness which comes from the heart was echoed on the hill of Calvary. What Jesus proclaimed in words from the cross, He had lived out in deeds. The purpose of His life and death was to win forgiveness for all people. What comes through our focus is the measure of the depth of our Christianity. The forgiveness that we offer others is the condition which makes it possible for us to receive God's forgiveness and to meaningfully pray the words "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. What is required is limitless forgiving and an ability to overcome faults and to keep on loving. If we are to be true channels of the Lord's grace then Christ must be the standard by which we measure and shape our ways.

Be well and healthy.

Fr. Arsenio

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