by Kris Lanik, Notre Dame Sisters Associate
The theme throughout today’s readings from Holy Scripture has to do with forgiveness. We must always realize that forgiveness is a two way street. We need to seek forgiveness, as we are all likely to do. However, forgiveness is also something we need to give to others.
Jesus is preparing his followers for the time his kingdom is to continue after he is no longer physically present. His focus is on building up harmony among his followers. His teaching is quite simple; we must learn how to forgive our sisters and brothers. It sounds like an easy task; it isn’t. It is only by the grace of Jesus that this is accomplished.
As we reflect on the Gospel reading, notice Jesus’ lesson ends with a warning. Christ always forgives us if we come to him with a humble and sorrowful heart. He expects the same from us. We need to forgive others just as we are forgiven.