During this Holy Season of Lent, there are a lot of things that we should be mindful of – things that we should do so that our relationship with our God can truly grow and bear fruit in the lives that we are living.
Last Tuesday during the daily Mass, the Gospel reading was from Mt. 6:7-15 where Jesus Christ taught his disciples the way they should pray. At the end of the Gospel passage, Jesus Christ said: “If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” This is a very powerful message for all of us to really take note of – Jesus Christ emphasized the need for us to forgive one another so that we can receive our Father’s forgiveness.
Yes, our heavenly Father is infinitely merciful and forgiving. He will forgive us our sins if we sincerely ask for his forgiveness. But it seems like Jesus Christ gave a condition for us if we want to be forgiven of our transgressions – that condition is to for us to forgive those who have transgressions against us. In other scripture passages, Jesus also emphasized the need for us to forgive those who have wronged us or those who have “debts” against us. The Parable of the unforgiving servant is an example (Mt. 18:21-35).
In asking the Lord’s forgiveness this Lenten Season, let us also let go of our resentments and grudges – even hatred and contempt – toward people who might have done some hurtful things against us and let us forgive them. Let us allow our God to fill us with His peace and so to really make our relationship with Him grow. May our relationship with God truly bear fruit in our Christian lives especially this Lenten Season.
In Christ, Fr. Maro