August 16, 2018 – Thursday
Gospel: Matthew 18:21 – 19:1
"The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go."
Each time we utter in prayer the words, "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sins against us," do we really know what it means to forgive as Jesus did? In one way or another, we have set our own standards of forgiving people depending on how we are offended. But today's parable presents to us the way of God.
When God forgives, He forgives fully. God's standard of mercy is not about what we do, but who we are for Him. He looks at each one of us as His beloved that is why when He forgives, He does not give it partially. He gives it to us wholly and unconditionally. Remember how our sins have been paid with the life of Jesus? And only when we truly assimilate the truth of having been forgiven fully countless times that we can start recognizing that we can do the same for others.
When God forgives, He forgives intentionally. He willingly renews us each day with His mercy no matter how stubborn we see ourselves in front Him. Sometimes we are overwhelmed by pain and it becomes difficult for us to let go of bitterness and resentment. In those moments, we can draw strength from God to see people and situations through His eyes.
Mother Mary, help us to mature more in our faith and love for Christ that we may live a life of mercy to others.