From the Pastor's Desk ~ September 16-17, 2017
Sep 15, 2017
My Dear Parish Family,
When someone hurts us, our general behavior and demeanor can be visibly affected. We avoid that person, we gossip with others about the hurt, we seethe with resentment and live out of anger. Only forgiveness frees us from being locked within a heart become hard.
The king in the Gospel parable who is overwhelmingly gracious in his forgiveness of his servant is like our “heavenly father” who is immeasurably forgiving of us. By contrast, the servant in the gospel is overwhelmingly callous and unforgiving toward another who is in debt to him. We must be forgiving like our “heavenly father” rather than hard-hearted like the servant. Our very salvation is contingent on having forgiving hearts toward others.
Jesus teaches us that to attain salvation we must forgive one another “from your heart,” and we must do so “seventy-seven times.” To forgive one another from the heart means letting go completely of the hurt done to us, letting go completely of resentment toward the one who has hurt us, letting go completely of efforts to make the person pay for the hurt rendered. We can let go completely of a hurt only when we remember how often and immeasurably God forgives us.
In Christ’s Peace,