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Weekly Newsletter and Reflection

24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME:

17TH SEPTEMBER 2017: YEAR A

 

I was reflecting on a line from to-day’s reading from St. Paul to the Romans where it says “The life and death of each of us has its influence on others” It reminded me of my experiences of meeting many people who have deep regrets and sadness about a family member who may have died and they never had the chance to be reconciled. Many people who have deep regrets and sadness that they never took the opportunity to seek or even ask for forgiveness.

Thankfully, many people do find that having a Mass said for their loved one enables them to move on and not be burdened for the rest of their life by guilt and regret. However, to be able to say the words to the person while there are still alive, to move on in peace and reconciliation can bring immense relief and joy especially if they slip into eternity.

Jesus reminds us in to-day’s Gospel that Forgiveness is a way of life for the follower of Christ. To refuse to forgive is to lose our freedom, our peace and our life. There is a reflection called “forgiveness” and it goes like this: “When we forgive we free ourselves of the burden of bitterness and we free the other person of the burden of guilt. But our forgiveness must come from the heart, which means it must be true, sincere and warm. A cold forgiveness is not much use. Forgiveness should start now. Putting if off only deepens the wound, prolongs bitterness and postpones happiness. Life is short, time is fleeting. To-day is the day to forgive. Lord, deliver us from the poison of bitterness, and give us the grace to forgive from the heart those who have offended us. Then we know the warmth of your forgiveness.”
 

Fr. Patrick Madden


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