Sunday, March 25, 2012

oh my people

Today is the Fifth Sunday of Lent, (which I've heard called Miserere Sunday before, but can't find anything to support that, so I won't call it that officially), on which Psalm 51 is always chanted, and the focus of the liturgy is repentance, mercy and forgiveness. Thus, I thought this Pray.nd.edu reflection was totes appropos, and I found it a beautiful and inspiring reflection. And a beautiful meditation on the relationship between forgiveness and mercy. Solid themes and reflections for Lent, for sure, my peeps.

Especially during Lent, it is important to reflect on the gracious mercy God extends to all of us. Jesus paid the debt of sin through his Passion and death and also reconciled us with His Father. When we open ourselves to God’s mercy, we must show mercy to others. Each time we recite the Our Father, we pray “Forgive us our trespasses AS we forgive those who trespass against us…”

It is challenging to forgive someone who has hurt us. We recall events from years ago as if they happened yesterday.

Forgiveness does not usually happen in a moment, rather it is a process. Recognize the need to forgive and pray to God for the grace to forgive. Don’t be afraid to express to God your struggles and frustrations with forgiving. Participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis. Forgiveness happens through God’s grace and will bring joy and peace.


Have a beautiful Sunday of Peace and Joy!

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