9 Mar Tue, 3rd Week of Lent

3/8/2021 4:08:40 PM
Dan. 3:25,34-43 / Ps. 24:4-5,6,7,8-9 / Mt. 18:21-35 (Ps Wk III)

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Our 'debt' to the Father is immeasurable compared to our neighbour's 'debt' to us. This lesson that the parable offers us is of great importance for our Christian life. For, it is in forgiving others that we receive God's forgiveness.

The only way to forgive others without limits is to live in grateful awareness of the Father's infinite love and forgiveness we have already received. In another passage, we read that "her many sins must have been forgiven her, or she would not have shown such great love" (Lk. 7:47).

God's grace of forgiveness demands responsibility. It is freely given as the king generously forgave all the servant's outstanding 'debt' to him. Nevertheless, it requires an appropriate response.

Under Mosaic law, vengeance was limited - 'an eye for an eye', 'a tooth for a tooth', 'a life for a life'.

Peter asked Jesus if forgiving someone 'seven times' would suffice? But with Jesus, there is no limit to love, forgiveness and mercy - 'seventy times seven times. God's forgiveness is limitless, but only a forgiving spirit can receive forgiveness as the parable teaches us.

Lord, give me a forgiving heart. 
       


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3月9日( 二 )  四旬期第三週


達尼爾先知書 3:25,34-43
聖詠 25[24]:4-5,6-7,8-9
瑪竇福音 18:21-35

寬恕得罪自己的人是今天的福音主題,這和瑪竇福音第六章遙相呼應。在第六章,主耶穌教導:「寬免我們的罪債,猶如我們也寬免得罪我們的人……因為你們若寬免別人的過犯,你們的天父也必寬免你們的;但你們若不寬免別人的,你們的父也必不寬免你們的過犯。」

寬恕施害者就是原諒他,不對其進行懲罰,或要求他賠償。一個著名例子就是古若瑟寬恕他的兄弟們,沒有懲罰他們對自己的傷害,反而善待他們。

寬恕可以為和好鋪路,如果沒有寬恕,就不能恢復已被破壞的人際關係。和好需要雙方的努力。古若瑟寬恕了他的弟兄們,他們也後悔自己的錯誤行為,願意與他重歸於好。重建破碎的人際關係,能夠帶來身心靈的治愈。

寬恕也是天主對人的態度,天主時時樂意寬恕人的錯誤和暴行,所以說天主是寬容的,有無限的仁慈。然而今天福音的故事提醒我們,那些執迷不悟、不願意寬恕他人的人,就不能享受天主的仁慈。

主啊!請寬恕我們,也求祢幫助我們去寬恕別人。讓我們在家庭和社會中,活出寬恕的態度。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
Pope Francis urges reconciliation in message to Church in China
HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

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