Why I am catholic ……. forgiveness
Please forgive me if I seem off based here and ask you to forgive me for the potential of offending you. But really I may offend you.
What is one of Jesus’ main themes in all of His parables? Well actually, I think, it is probably two themes. Love and forgiveness. We are going to focus on forgiveness. It ain’t easy to forgive, it’s even harder to forgive and forget. We are, us humans, are like elephants when it comes to someone doing us wrong, hurtful or just something we do not agree with, we will remember to our dyeing days.
Do you know the Lord’s prayer? Well you know the verse “forgive us of our trespasses as we forgive those who trespasses against us”
If God has put it on record that He will forgive us and that He has forgiven us, then we in return HAVE to forgive others – first! This is really the true meaning of paying it forward. You have heard of this one person in line pays for the next persons coffee/donuts etc.. Jesus paid this price – we have to get out of the way and let that grace reach past us and through us. We pass this on by forgiving those who trespassed against us. When you examine the Lord’s prayer He did not say forget those who trespasses against you, no He says “forgive”.
Most of us have a hard time remembering what we did over the weekend but we will remember who did us wrong! You don’t need to forget because it does help you point yourself in the right direction, the direction of forgiveness. We learn from our own mistakes and by holding that grudge we are learning forgiveness. By remembering what happened, how it happened the special events around “the event” we recall our own selfishness and we can let go to let God in. It’s similar to ruts in the road – you don’t want to drive in the ruts because you will get high-centered and stuck. Instead drive on top of them on higher ground always aware that the ruts are below you and if you lose focus you may fall in them again. Stay centered – take the higher ground – “forgive us of our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”