26 Feb 2018: The Father’s Forgiveness

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Monday of the Second Week in Lent

Reading 1: Dn. 9: 4b – 10; Gospel: Lk. 6: 36-38

The first reading of the day is the summary of the entire history of humankind: in the face of God who is ever faithful to the covenant, we had been ever unfaithful. The words of Daniel are a humble admission and submission of this fact. With a sincere examination of conscience, each one of us will repeat the same words of the prophet: “We have sinned, been wicked and done evil; we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws.”  A repentant heart naturally seeks forgiveness. Thus, let us turn to the Lord asking forgiveness for our infidelity for He does not despise a humbled and contrite heart (Ps 51: 17).

At this juncture, where we ask God’s forgiveness, He places a demand before us through the Gospel reading: “For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you” (Lk 6: 38). The forgiveness of our sins depends on the extent we forgive others. We too pray the same whenever we recite the ‘Our Father’. We say “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us (Mt 6: 12).

The season of Lent is a wonderful opportunity in this regard: to come to terms with individuals whom we have placed outside our comfort zone for various reasons. Let us try to get reconciled. The result of the forgiveness asked with this reconciled heart will be much more than what we can ask for, think of or even imagine (Eph 3: 20), for God promises a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, on our lap (Lk 6: 38).

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