Power of Forgiveness

October 27, 2017
Friday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Luke 12:54-59

Jesus said to the crowds,
“When you see a cloud rising in the west
you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does;
and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south
you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is.
You hypocrites!
You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky;
why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?
If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate,
make an effort to settle the matter on the way;
otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge,
and the judge hand you over to the constable,
and the constable throw you into prison.
I say to you, you will not be released
until you have paid the last penny.”

Reflection (Mr. Gail P. Cruz)

Forgiveness is one of the hardest things to do especially when you are deeply hurt. Pains and sorrows create walls that block the channels of love. That is why in the end, the very person who suffers is you. In the Gospel, Jesus is teaching us how to sacrifice through forgiveness. He is also reminding us to recognize the sin or mistake we are doing because often times, we commit sin and we are not aware that we are doing it. There are many things that I have done and they are very clear to me that they were wrong. Most of the time, I just keep them inside me. I remember when I was in high school, I broke the music component of my grandmother and they blamed my uncle for it. I already confessed that long ago. Since that incident I have been summing up the courage to apologize to my uncle. I pray to God that He will give me the strength to do it. God knows how I wanted to tell everything to my uncle and ask for forgiveness, and I believe that it will happen in God’s perfect time.

Oftentimes in our lives, our eyes are very critical of others; judging them on their mistakes but most of the time, we fail to recognize our own sinfulness. I have yet to own up to the mistakes I have done but God’s mercy is a constant reminder to be humble in accepting these mistakes and be compassionate to those who err.. I am still struggling to ask for forgiveness.. This is my struggle every time I commit a mistake towards a person, a friend, a brother seminarian or even a family member. I usually confess but I am always having difficulty to admit what I have done to them and this is the struggle that I constantly lift up to God. May God give me the strength to be honest and humble enough in facing my mistakes that led me to sin.

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