Forgiveness of others is required of all who bear the name of Jesus. Those who refuse, cannot be associated with Christ, for in doing so they also refuse to extend compassion as their Master has extended it to them. In order to forgive others, it is necessary to will it as Christ himself willed to die on the cross for our sake.
Forgiveness and Mercy
Forgiveness is a gift of the Holy Spirit that each of us receive in Baptism, but also through God’s grace each time we go to confession and are truly repentant of our sins. God has given us a great gift, and is such a loving Father that He continually calls us back home, back on the right path.
When I read the passage above, I’ve never felt more like a Pharisee than today. The people whom Jesus constantly warns us not to be like; I feel it’s as if I’m practicing what they preach.
The story of the Call of Simon in Luke 5:1-11 is a beautiful story of obedience to God and the blessings that come from following his plan. It reminds us of the essential nature of self-entrustment to Christ as the path to healing and fulfillment.
2016 was the most challenging year of my life; in fact. the damage done in a four-month study abroad trip still wreaks havoc on me, body and soul.