St. Mary's put together a Lenten reflection booklet which we handed out on Ash Wed. in order to have a daily reflection on the Mass readings for the day. Most of the reflections were written by students (a few by staff). Here is today's reflection:
March 4, 2013
Monday of the Third Week of Lent
2 Kings 5:1-15b * Luke 4:24-30
In the Gospel, Jesus responds to Peter’s question regarding how many times we must forgive the sins that others commit against us.
There are moments in life when we so badly desire forgiveness from others. Imagine a time you have hurt one of your closest friends. You are sorry. You want to make amends, and you detest the feeling of guilt weighing on your heart. As sinners, we understand the concept of forgiveness, especially when we are the ones seeking it. We want so badly to take away the hurt and fix things.
Now imagine a time when it has been difficult to show forgiveness to others. What emotions come to mind? Pride, hurt, anger, frustration? These are all emotions that come so naturally to us when someone has sinned against us. Now remember how you felt when you were asking for forgiveness. It is important for us to remember how it feels to ask for forgiveness when someone is seeking forgiveness from us. Take a step back and think about the feelings of that person and where that person might be coming from. Remember that we are all human. We come from different paths in our lives but we are all united in Christ, and all seek and need forgiveness from him and one another.