Lenten Season Reflections February 27, 2015 - Friday of the First Week of Lent

February 27, 2015

Friday of the First Week of Lent

Mt 5:20-26

During Sunday masses before communion, we have regularly prayed the “Lord’s prayer”. The statement “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sins against us” became routine for us to pray for the people we have offended or people who consistently despise us, or hurt our ego. Somehow what a relief as we ask God for forgiveness as we heartily reflect those lines in a deeper sense. Consequently, we are aware that we acknowledge our own faults and weaknesses.

In the Gospel, Jesus calls us to settle our arguments with whom we have hurt or misunderstood. He wants us to realize that we should drop our own bitterness or hatred with others. Furthermore, as we commit mistakes and offend someone or someone hurts us, we are asked to forgive them quickly.

Indeed, forgiveness for us can be tough. It may take time to heal wounds, even years. Even saying “I’m sorry”, we hesitate. At times, we hold grudges to people hurting us. We might unconsciously appear cold and distant and don't really care. We occasionally blame others even if we have the responsibilities or duties to work on of what we want to achieve. But, in God’s way, reconciliation is a must. It must be reflected in our words and actions. It is a two way process, forgiving others as well as yourself. In order to achieve peace, we should forgive. Do we have the courage to forgive? Let’s ask for constant healing…

Jasper Rey C. Gumen

Staff, Campus Ministry Office

 

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