Sunday, September 11, 2011
Sunday Liturgy Calls Us To Forgive and Forget
Jesus always forgives and forgets. He receives us back into his arms with love and wants only to embrace us. He never reproaches us for our faults but forgives us as soon as we turn to Him. He came to the Apostles on the first Easter Sunday and not only forgave them by saying "Peace be with you" and never mentioning that they had all abandoned him when the soldiers had come to arrest him; Jesus breathes on them and gives them the Holy Spirit and the power to forgive sins. We forget that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a gift given on Easter when Jesus was going around and appearing to give joy and consolation.
Today is also the anniversary of a terrible tragedy that has affected all of us and will continue to do so; we must pray for peace in our world and learn to treat all justly. I am upset about the immigration laws in the United States, among other things. I find that getting angry about what I think is wrong does not help, but I am spending time now each day praying for our world.