Daily Reflection ( Wages of Forgiveness)
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
When people hurt us…..
forgiveness can feel like defeat.
We often want to hang on to
whatever grievances we have against others.
We want to cuddle those bad memories
in our laps as if they were a fluffy pet.
We take them out, feed them and caress them.
We analyse them from every possible angle,
and each time we do this,
our anger grows bigger…..
until bitterness consumes us like a cancer.
Forgiveness isn’t saying an action was okay.
Instead, it’s recognizing that the memory
is a harmful one…
harmful to ourselves and to our relationship
with God and others
and making the choice to amputate it.
When we forgive….
we release the memory or event to God,
to make room for good things in our own lives.
When someone hurt us….
we should deal with it and get over it as quickly as we are able.
Forgiveness frees us to live healthy….
Help me forgive others the way
You’ve forgiven me, completely.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed
art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb,
Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death. AMEN
Glory be, to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
a world without end. AMEN