MONDAY 7th NOVEMBER 2022
Luke 17, 1-6:
“If your brother offends you, rebuke him; if he repents, forgive him; if he offends you seven times in one day, and seven times again says ‘I am sorry’ to you, you shall forgive him.”
“If your brother offends you seven times in one day, you shall forgive him.” Seven times in the Bible means always.
If it is hard enough for us to forgive once, how much more to always forgive!
We need to be open to the generosity that springs from faith in the Father’s mercy to forgive with all our heart.
Never to say “I forgive but I do not forget”.
God does not forgive by erasing what is written or tearing up the papers, but always forgives by burning and destroying the sin.
We can never allow resentment or unforgiveness to take over our lives. When this happens, we live with a rottenness inside that prevents us from being happy. When we open our hearts to understanding, acceptance and forgiveness, the joy of the Gospel of Jesus is reborn in us. We experience the gratuitousness of his mercy and we see that the paths of our relationships with others are filled with joy.
May the day and the week that we are beginning be very happy for you, always forgiving your brothers and sisters “up to seventy times seven”.
Antonio Sanjuan Cmf