My daily reflection and prayer: Thursday August 14th 2014
JESUS said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:22)
Something special in front of our eyes when we hear or see about advertising or discount for something to buy. There will be so many people to get and to have it happily.
To some extent, this word of Jesus is also an advertising with certain discount not about something material but spiritual and sacramental. Jesus says about forgiveness answering Peter’s question, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus says to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”
What about all of us to hear this advertising? I mean, this word of Jesus is also an advertising for us to get and to have His merciful love and forgiveness. Jesus does not only want us to forgive seventy times seven but also to invite us accepting His unlimited forgiveness.
Yesterday, I shared my reflection on Sacrament of Confession and Penance. I said that it’s better we take the advantage of it often! How often? Seventy times seven, unlimited. And this the fact in our Catholic Church. We are able to have the Sacrament of Penance many times during our lives, not only for Christmas and Easter.
By proposing that one must forgive seventy times time, Jesus teaches us clearly that there is no recognizable limit to forgiveness. Jesus Christ comes to this world to redeem us from a sinful way of life. He gives Himself to redeem us from all iniquity.
Let’s realize that we have been forgiven an enormous sin as debt which we could never possibly repay. Jesus wants us to treat one another the same way He treats us. If Jesus has forgiven each of us our sins, which was very great, we have to forgive others as well, whatever sins they do us.
Jesus teaches that we must forgive in order to be forgiven (see Matthew 6:12,14-15). If we do not forgive our fellow human beings, we cannot expect God to forgive us in turn. By forgiving each other we also sharing mercy.
Mercy is truly a gift and it is offered in such a way that justice is not negated. Mercy follows justice and perfects it. If we want mercy shown to us we have to be ready to forgive others as God has forgiven us.
Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharistic is an expression of His merciful love and forgiveness. But it is not enough for us without taking an advantage of the Sacrament of Penance often. So let’s respond his advertising to have unlimited forgiveness for us based on our will to forgive others seventy times seven!
Lord Jesus Christ, you have been kind and forgiving towards me unlimitedly. Bless me that I am merciful as You are merciful to everybody. Please, free me from all bitterness and resentment. Teach me to forgive truly from my heart those who against me. Give me Your love that I am able to love those have caused me injury or grief, now and forever. Amen.
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