Today is when Lent gets real – are we ready to forgive? The gospel for today is the parable of the ungrateful servant who is unable to forgive the friend who owes him a pittance after the master forgive him “a huge amount.”
The Magnificat offers us a list asking us to ‘Give peace to….’
-those who have destroyed our peace
-those who have refused us love
-those who have done us injury
-those who have compete with us to our loss
-those who have taken what was ours
I added a particularly difficult one for me “peace to those from my past whose memories still cause me pain and embarrassment”.
The concluding prayer is – as always – eloquent:
“You know, O Lord, how hard we find it to forgive those who have offended us. Yet you ask us to forgive without restrictions. Make us capable, Lord, of the love you ask of us, for alone we cannot do what you have asked. Help us through Christ our Lord. Amen”
May this point in Lent bring you peace as you seek to forgive those who have hurt you.