Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

March 13, 2012

Emily Harriman

Sophomore, Psychology Major

Dn 3:25, 34-43
Ps 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9
Mt 18:21-35

Today our Gospel reading is on forgiveness.  This topic seems to tie in perfectly with the season of Easter approaching. Some of us may be going through a time or have gone through a time in the past where we found it difficult to forgive those who wronged us.  I think the act of forgiving can be very difficult and sometimes it seems easier to hold a grudge against someone.  In this passage we see that we must forgive others with our whole heart.  If we cannot forgive those around us, then how are we supposed to be forgiven for sinning against God?   I know you have probably heard this multiple times in your life, but during the season of Easter we need to remember that Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice just so we could be forgiven.  If Jesus was willing to do that for us, couldn’t we learn to sacrifice just half as much as him and forgive those around us for whatever their transgressions may be?  In the grand scheme of life, it is worth it to forgive others.  For those of us who have trouble forgiving, as many of us do, let us pray that God will give us the strength to do so. 

A challenge today is to think of a time in the present or past where we have found ourselves unable to forgive someone.  Think of that situation and think of Jesus’ sacrifices.  Are we above forgiving our fellow man after what Jesus did so we could receive forgiveness? Let us try to forgive someone we haven’t forgiven yet.  Whether it is a personal action or involves telling someone we have forgiven them, let us make an effort to do this.  It will be a great weight off of each of our shoulders.

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