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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
We are called to forgive, and that can be really difficult. You have been defrauded by the banks of your life’s savings – can you forgive? You were abused as a child – can you forgive? You were done out of a job because the other lied to get it – can you forgive? The answer is probably No. What then does God want? He asks us to open our hearts to the other, that sometime we may forgive. Forgiveness is the deepest of God’s desires on our behalf, and he hopes that we can forgive each other. As we have been forgiven, we can begin to try to forgive the other. The desire to forgive is a big step to forgiving. Hurt may remain longer, but forgiveness has begun.
Hurt Pains
Mostly we want to forgive, since our hurts and grudges pain us. The person who hurt us may be dead, or may not even know (or care) that we are hurting. But the hurt gets into the heart and soul, and may even come out on others.
Pray and Meet
Another is to pray for the person. When we realise that as God love me, he also loves everyone, we may find a spark or light of forgiveness in our souls. The person God died for in Jesus is everyone.
Better still is to be able to meet the other and talk to him or her, and find the grace of forgiveness between us.
One of the greatest graces of God is to forgive someone. It comes slowly sometimes, and needs to be requested. When God sees us wanting to be on the road to forgiveness then he is content with us. Then he knows that we want to forgive as he does.
Fr. Donal Neary S.J.


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