"Forgive your neighbors injustice, then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven" This quote from today's first reading sounds a lot like "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Sirach goes on to say that the way we treat others, particularly those with whom we are angry, is what we can expect from the Lord. "Can anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the Lord?"
When the forgiven man went to demand payment from his debtor, he heard from him the very same words and actions that he had so recently offered to the king. But the forgiven man did not recognize his own voice in the debtor. He did not see his plight in the debtor's plight. What he did not or would not see brought him to condemn himself with his own words and actions. He only made an inescapable demand on himself when he spoke to the debtor.READ MORE
Today’s Readings are all about relationship. God expects all of us, every human being, to have the same relationship with each other and with God, as God has with us. And God has only one expectation concerning relationships, that they are relationships of love. Love as God sees love as an action, not as humanity sees love, defined as an intense feeling of deep affection, fondness, tenderness, warmth, intimacy,and other fuzzy feelings. These are simply feelings not love. It is the action of love that generates all thefuzzy feelings; an action that calls us to give of ourselves. Then through this self-giving we generate an arrayof warm fuzzy feelings for those to whom we give and for ourselves.READ MORE
One of the important and more meaningful parts of Catholic doctrine that is often neglected or not so welldeveloped in some Christian denominations is the incredible value of suffering. Many Christians believethat Jesus suffered and died for us so that we will not have to suffer at all. This is only partially true. Whenwe go through the gospel, we see that Jesus never shies away from reminding his disciples the challengeof following him, and this includes suffering. He declared in the gospel: "Whoever wishes to come after memust deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me."READ MORE