The Word of God

Forgiveness and Faith

Reflection on Mass Reading for November 12, 2018

“Shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life.” There is perhaps no greater witness and sign of a person who firmly believes in Christ than the act of free, unhindered and spotless forgiveness. Just think about it for minute: it may be hard at first to forgive a family member or a friend, but someone we don’t know or care for? You see, here is the rub. When we forgive people who mean a lot to us, there is always something in it for us. However, when a person forgives with nothing in sight in return, it must be for the sake of the name of Jesus who died so that all people, the majority of whom we will never meet, might be saved and have a forever chance in heaven. “If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.”

Let us keep in mind today and always the tremendous act of hope and courage it took the Apostles today to approach Jesus with a simple but awesome request: “Increase our faith.” This is a petition that Christ is always ready to supply and open endless opportunities. Today, look for those chances to grow in your faith. You won’t be surprised that they will be nestled in moments of deep, loving acts of forgiveness.

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