13th September – The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

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The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.     

Matthew 18:21-35

It is nearly impossible not to have someone hurt us, wrong us, or do something against us. When such thing happens, it has an impact on our wellbeing. Sometimes the impact is too severe. What can be done about that? There are two options, to give back or to forgive. Some of us are good at forgiving but sometimes we struggle.

Forgiving someone may appear a very difficult task but it is the most beautiful thing someone could do. It is very beautiful because it brings about a total transformation both internally and externally.

When we forgive we replace the inner feeling of hurt and restlessness with peace and joy. It is such a beautiful thing to give oneself.

Forgiving also radically alters our behaviour that we speak and act differently without anger or resentment. Therefore in forgiving others can avoid receiving traces of our anger and bitterness.

Hesitating to forgive makes one nurture the pain deep in their heart and in reality the pain does not help in anyway.

There cannot be an experience of the fullness of life without forgiveness. That is why Jesus is insisting his disciples that we should forgive others to be forgiven by God and more importantly, we have to forgive because God forgives us again and again.