The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
(Psalm 38:18)

…and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
(Matthew 6:12)

This morning, as I was underlining these passages in preparation for Mass, I didn’t realize that they were so closely related. The very person who left me “brokenhearted” is the one I need most to “forgive.”

I know how close to me you have been, Lord, even when I thought my “spirit” was “crushed.” And I know, too, that forgiveness is an ongoing decision. Please help me to examine my heart and see whether I still hold any grudges. When I reflect on your loving nearness, how can I resent anything or anybody? With you there is more joy than I can contain. Please let it flow over to those around me.

Yesterday, I told you that I expected to interact with several people. By your grace, that opportunity was increased. People asked for my help; so I didn’t have to guess about what they needed. The busy day I had anticipated became a hectic one, and I had little time to think about anything, least of all, myself. That was so freeing. I had to wait for this chance to be alone with you, and now I appreciate it so much. I will be quiet now, and listen for your will.

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