"Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan." Mt 18:28
Offering forgiveness to others is one of the hallmarks of Judeo Christian spirituality. Knowing that God wants to forgive us and goes out of his way to do so ought to impel us to do the same.
There are so many examples of this in our faith traditions that it can overwhelm us, but we need to be aware of this history. One of the most dramatic was a letter found at the Ravensbruck death camp where 92,000 women and children died. It was scrawled on wrapping paper near a dead child.
Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will also those of ill will. But do not only remember the suffering they have inflicted on us. Remember the fruits we have brought, thanks to this suffering--our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, the courage, the generosity, the greatness of heart which has grown out of all this. And when they come to judgment, let all the fruits we have borne be their forgiveness. Amen
Today, ask God to help you let go of an unresolved anger or hurt.
How have you experienced God's forgiveness in your life?