“… leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother or sister first, and then come back an
Matthew 5: 20-26
How can you forgive someone who has abused you for years? Or who has blamed you for something you did not do? How can you forgive a society for turning a blind eye to the needs of the poor, the homeless, the immigrants?
We commit many unforgiveable acts daily. Yet Jesus is saying in this Sermon on the Mount that we must forgive the wrongs others have done us. We must be the bigger person and make that initial step towards reconciliation. Otherwise, our anger and animosity will fester resulting in something destructive. To Him, unresolved anger is just as serious as committing murder.
When asked how many times we must forgive, Jesus insists we must forgive seventy-seven times that is, always. As true followers of Jesus, we are called to follow his lead. Beaten, tortured, hanging on a cross, Jesus cries out: “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing”.
Lord, may we have the courage to forgive as we have been forgiven. Amen.