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Friday 1st Week of Lent

Today’s Readings

Friday 1st Week of Lent

Matthew 5:20-26.

My brothers and sisters,
as we gather around this altar
where Jesus dies for us while we are still sinful,
let us not allow our past hurts or mistakes
to continue to define us.

Jesus knows so completely
how we are more prone to sin
than we are to his mercy.

He knows that if we tasted
how sweet and delightful is his mercy,
we would be shamed to no end
for having received his mercy
and then refusing to offer it to someone
who has offended us.
Jesus also understands how difficult it is
for us to admit when we are wrong.

Have you ever noticed how it is so easy
to blame someone after we have hurt them?

We say, “We only reacted like that
because of the way that person provoked us.”
We save our Lord Jesus and ourselves so much suffering
if we apologize when we have hurt someone
as soon as we can.

The more time we let go by,
the harder it is to apologize.

Our weak human nature
will only create more excuses not to apologize.

 
The same is true with the grudge we hold onto
when we refuse to forgive someone.

In both of these cases,
we make a conscious decision.
And so it is going to take a conscious decision
to apologize and to forgive.

 
“If you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled to your brother.”

 
My brothers and sisters,
as we gather around this altar
where Jesus dies for us while we are still sinful,
let us not allow our past hurts or mistakes
to continue to define us.
As we receive him in Holy Communion,
ask him for his mercy that we may become his mercy.

 

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida.

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