Tag Archives: Forgiveness

Daily Mass: Give thanks to the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response echoes the grace revealed in the Gospel of Luke. When we count our blessings we open our hearts in faith to the healing power of Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 24th Week of the Year

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24th Sunday of the Year: We must forgive to be forgiven. Catholic Inspiration

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The Book of Sirach, the Psalmist and the Lord all proclaim the same message: God forgives us and demands that we forgive one another.

Mass Readings – 24th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Love, mercy and forgiveness. Catholic Inspiration

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The Gospel of Luke offers us a powerful teaching from Jesus regarding how we interact with one another.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 23rd Week of the Year

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24th Sunday of the Year: The crucial role of forgiveness.

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Study:  Recall a time when you received forgiveness.  What did it feel like?

Pray:  Is there someone you need to forgive?  Ask the Lord for the courage and strength to do it.

Serve:  Is there someone you need to ask for forgiveness?  Be the first to foster healing in the relationship.

Mass Readings – 24th Sunday of the Year

Let’s take a quick look at a sketch of the readings:

  • 1st Reading – Forgive your neighbor, so that the Lord will forgive you
  • Psalm – “The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.”
  • 2nd Reading – We live and die for the Lord
  • Gospel – We forgive others, just as our Father forgives us

On one hand the teaching is simple: if you want to be forgiven by God, start forgiving one another.  It’s sound logic and makes complete sense…until you have something hard to forgive.  Perhaps we have felt slighted or neglected, been hurt or experienced disappointment.  Maybe we just don’t understand, or maybe we are choosing to interpret a situation in its worst possible light.

Forgiveness is the practical dimension of Christian love.  After all, it’s easy to love people when we are comfortable, rested, calm and free of all distractions.  The real test of our love happens when we can forgive one another in the light of Jesus Christ.

The Lord offers us the teaching of forgiveness with clarity and conviction.  There  is no middle ground.  We forgive one another if we expect God to forgive us of our own sins.  We forgive, knowing that we all stand in need of God’s forgiveness, so that by unlocking the gates of our hearts through forgiveness we can stand before the Lord ready to receive the grace of his mercy.

Two thoughts then emerge today:

  1. Who do I need to forgive?
  2. To whom do I need to apologize and ask for forgiveness?

May the Lord inspire us to be people of forgiveness as we practice his teaching and follow his example.

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Note: This post was first published on September 11, 2017.


Daily Mass: God cleanses our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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The prophet Ezekiel and the Psalmist offer us beautiful words of comfort: the Lord washes away the impurities of our souls and gives us clean hearts.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 20th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: God’s mercy extends throughout our lives. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven that offers us hope in God’s abundant mercy throughout our lives. Even to our last breath, the Lord extends to us compassion and grace. May we accept it today!

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 20th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Following Christ means forgiving each other

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Following Christ means that we are people who consistently and adamantly seek out opportunities to forgive. Forgiveness is essential…for our journey through this life and our admission to the next.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 19th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Practical advice about broken relationships. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers practical advice for dealing with broken relationships in a way that is empowering and crucial for our personal growth.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 19th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Lord show us your mercy and love. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm Response today reveals our deep longing for God’s gentle touch upon our hearts as we carry out His commands.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 16th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Healing, forgiveness and Christ. Catholic Inspiration

At Capernaum on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, where the miracle in today’s Gospel takes place.

Jesus responds in different ways to the people as he heals the paralytic, inviting us to draw near to Him for the renewal of body and soul.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 13th Week of the Year

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