Lenten Reflection Day 21: Matthew 18:21

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“Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him?” (Mt 18:21)

Reflection

Forgiveness is an excellent fasting habit to practice during Lent. When we forgive others, we free ourselves from the gluttony of resentment and hate, protecting our body and soul from physical and spiritual harm. As author Marianne Williamson wrote: “Unforgiveness is like drinking poison yourself and waiting for the other person to die.”

Fasting from forgiveness is not always easy or painless, but with God’s help and human intervention, we can persevere.

Today’s Intention

O God, teach us how to make forgiveness a habit in our lives.

Peace and Goodness

Lenten Reflection Day 18: Psalm 103:12

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“As far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our sins from us.” (Psalm 103:12)

Reflection

It is foolish to try to measure God’s mercy. The effects of Jesus’ sacrifice of compassion on the cross are boundless. God the Father and God the Son desire to forgive us. They wish to bless us with their love through God the Holy Spirit.

During this Lent, let us reject the lies that tell us that we are undeserving of Jesus’ love and mercy.

Today’s Intention

Lord, help us to seek your forgiveness. May we bathe in the waters of reconciliation this Lenten season.

Peace and Goodness

One-Minute Reflection: Leviticus 19:18 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #23)

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“Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your own people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” (Lv 19:18)

Reflection: We all suffer wrongdoing – actual or imagined – and we choose how we act upon it every day. Left to our own device, we respond to transgressions in kind. Jesus Christ, however, showed us a different way: forgiveness.

Today’s Intention: Lord, we are weak. Without your strength, we are vulnerable to the temptations caused by hurt. Please, give us the fortitude when experiencing unjust loss, wisdom to reflect on them before we act, and perseverance to seek unity before division.

Peace and Goodness

Beatitude #3 – Blessed are the meek

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Mark 5:5)

Let’s be humble in our hearts; for it is through the humble that God speaks and reveals his power. Let’s be like Moses for he “was very humble, more than anyone else on earth.” (Numbers 12:3)

Let’s be humble when we pray; always asking for forgiveness first. Let’s be like the tax collector who asked God to “be merciful to me a sinner.” (Luke 18:13)

Let’s be humble in charity, especially to those in need. Let’s be like Jesus who said: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.” (Matthew 11:29)

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