THE 24 SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
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THE 24 SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

First Reading: Sirach 27:30 – 28:7

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12

Second Reading: Romans 14: 7 - 9

Gospel Reading: Matthew 18: 21 - 35

Reflection: What was motivated Peter to ask Jesus, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?” Peter’s question indicates the amount of spiritual growth he (and his fellow disciples) has acquired after attending Jesus’ school of forgiveness. Forgiveness is in the center of Jesus’ teachings. Forgiveness is a value contrary to the popular culture which espouses, “Tit for Tat” or “Tooth-for-Tooth” as the way of life. Forgiveness was unknown value in peoples’ life and indicates weakness in someone’s life. On one hand Peter’s question indicates that the disciples have accepted Jesus’s teaching on forgiveness and when Peter inquires, “How often must I forgive?” the disciples express their human inclination to revenge for those people who wrong others. Peter might have said: Yes Lord I accept to forgive my brother/sister only to the certain extent but not always. Knowing how much low the disciples are in forgiveness, Jesus responds to Peter, “I say to you not seven times but seventy-seven times.” Simply forgiveness is unending. It is a value you can’t count. Sirach in the First Reading writes, “Forgive your neighbor’s injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.” And Jesus teaches us in the prayer of Our Father: “Forgives us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” God help me to grow up in Jesus’ school of forgiveness that I will be able to forgive and forgive and forgive without counting to those who wrong me. Forgiveness is not weakness but it is a spiritual strength.  Yes! Amen! Fr. Severine

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