Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.

(Matthew 18:21-22)

Here I am, Lord, back in my ordinary routine. The time away went so fast. Now that I am by myself again, I feel restless, though relieved.

Is there anyone whom I haven’t forgiven? I have learned that there are times when I feel hurt and want an apology. Then I wonder whether I have offended the person that I think offended me. I apologize, even when I don’t know what I did. Whether or not I get an apology in return, I feel lighter afterwards.

The person by whom I feel slighted will not suffer if I become angry. The burden will be on me. Several times a day, I pray, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” If there is any anger that I am hiding, then, even from myself, please help me to confront it and let go of it.

As we all know, but too often forget, the faults we see in another are those we ignore in ourselves. Please give me the grace to accept whatever happens this week without judgment or complaint. Thy will be done.

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