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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 22, 2018

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FRIDAY, June 22

Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came and said to [Jesus,] “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?”

A friend of mine often says that it’s not the virgin birth or the bodily resurrection that he has trouble believing. He can’t understand the grace of forgiveness. Indeed, the concept of forgiveness may be one of the hardest to grasp in the life of a Christian. Forgiveness isn’t a pardon or a do-over, and it doesn’t mean that everything will work out okay in the future, either.

Forgiveness requires a constituency of one—and an abdication of our resentfulness and anger toward someone who has wronged us. The hardest part about forgiveness is that it requires absolutely nothing from the person who wronged us! Whether a person asks for forgiveness, expresses contrition, or pays restitution, Jesus commands us to forgive anyway—not once, or twice, or seven times, but as many times as it takes.

When we orient our lives toward forgiveness, feelings like anger, resentment, and bitterness lose their ability to harden our hearts. The more we forgive, the more our capacity for love increases and the more we begin to resemble the Body of Christ.

MOVING FORWARD: What article of faith do you struggle with? What helps you make peace in your heart?

PRAY for the Diocese in Europe

Today the Church remembers Alban, First Martyr of Britain, c. 304.

Ps 88 * 91, 92 | Numbers 13:1-3, 21-30 | Romans 2:25—3:8 | Matthew 18: 21-35

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