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