Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Did you ever?
I was just thinking about forgiveness. It is a very hard concept to follow. Jesus was our perfect example of forgiveness. I heard about how Our Lord Jesus Christ told us to forgive "...seventy times seven times" in a homily recently. It is so hard to forgive even once, sometimes. I am have a personal struggle with forgiveness. I know someone whom I have a lot in common with but struggle to be friends with. This person wants help for his child, and I have trouble not having the "well that's what you get when you reject other people's kids." I mean I have forgiven this person a slight of one of my kids, but it is hard to forget about it. I know I should only think of the welfare of that child, but I have a hard time forgetting the parent's complicity in the hurt of mine. It is now a struggle to be Christlike--to pray to be Christlike when it is against my own will. How does one do it? Pray, pray, pray. Forgiveness, for a human, also requires some taming of the will. Thank God, He doesn't need that. He is Love and He always forgives. I need forgiveness for the hardness of my heart right now.