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Lenten Weekday
Ezekiel 18:21-28
Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7A, 7BC-8
Matthew 5:20-26
Forgiveness. These readings emphasize that God forgives us, in all
of our mistakes, God is always there to welcome us home. In the first
reading, God tells us that even though we have done ˄evil˅, as soon
as we heartily say ˈI am Sorry, Lordˉ all is forgiven. In the Gospel,
Jesus tells his disciples to forgive those that have wronged us; for-
giveness is paramount in everything.
Forgiveness is a difficult emotion for most of us. We want to be for-
given and yet we find it hard to forgive those who have wronged us.
During Lent, Jesus invites us to delve a little deeper into our souls
and try, just a little, to forgive those around us. Maybe it is just to
forgive a neighbor or a friend for a small insult. But true forgiveness
begins when we
can forgive those
who we no longer
acquaint with as a
friend. Forgive
those that have
truly wronged us
deeply, and not
only superficially
forgive, but forgive
within our hearts.
And say, ˈwe are