Posted by: fvbcdm | March 13, 2012

Feast of Saint Ramirus (13 Mar 2012)

During these days of Lent, the Church often presents us with passages from Scripture having to do with forgiveness, since God forgives us as we forgive others.  In fact, that idea is built into the very prayer that Our Lord gave his apostles and the world when they asked him “Teach us to pray.”

 

In today’s Mass gospel, Saint Peter asks for a clarification of Our Lord’s words. Since seven was a sacred number in the theology of Israel, Saint Peter thinks he is being very generous when he suggests that we forgive our enemies as much as seven times.  And the answer which Jesus gives is amazing.  Since the translation of the ancient languages of Hebrew and Greek into Latin was sometimes difficult, Our Lord’s reply could either be “seventy-seven times” or “seventy times seven times.”  That’s 490 times—a LOT of forgiving!  In any case, the point that Our Lord is making is that we must be very careful not to hold grudges and to be very generous in our forgiveness of others just as we want the Lord to be generous in his forgiveness with us.

 

I remember once hearing a preacher telling the group of which I was a member that we should think of a grudge like a hot potato.  If we make the mistake of trying to take a very hot potato out of the oven with our bare hands, we will lose no time in dropping it.  So with grudge.  Drop it!  Get rid of it as quickly as you can!  We do NOT want to appear before the judgment seat of God with grudges on our hands, so to speak.  Forgive us . . . AS WE FORGIVE.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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