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Forgiveness, Love and the Cross: Why Do They All Go Together?

September 11, 2011

In today’s Gospel we hear the question from Peter on how many times does he have to forgive his neighbor or brother? Jesus answers: “70 x 7” We must always forgive. 

Then Jesus uses the parable about the King and his servant who owes him a great deal of money and the King was going to take everything and put the servant and his family in jail; but the servant begs for mercy and the King grants it and wipes away all of his servant’s debt.  Then the servant goes over to his own servant who owes him less than what the King’s servant owed the King.  The servant of the servant begged and pleaded; this guy who he owed money wasn’t going to show compassion or forgiveness like the King but had him thrown in jail.  The other servants heard about this and told the King and the King came to his servant and said, “how come you could not erase this man’s debt and show him mercy?  Did I not erase your debt after you pleaded with me?” Then the King handed over his servant who didn’t show the other servant mercy by erasing his debt and had the King’s servant tortured and locked up for ever.

With this parable we have seen how the King of Kings and Lord of lords will handle us if we do not forgive one another as the good and Just King did for his own servant; who would not do the same for his own servant who owed him less money. 

My dear friends in Christ Jesus,

where does forgiveness come from?  Can it truly be given by one who is locked up with pride and doesn’t truly mean it? No.  Asking forgiveness and forgiving requires great humility.  It means you have owned up to a mistake and taking responsibility for it and asking for someone’s forgiveness.

To forgive means to love; but not by our own will or doing but by God’s doing and will.  By the love He has for us to die personally on the Cross and He would do it again for each one of us; this is how we are to forgive. 

The cross is love and love is the cross.  But, without our Divine Lord and God becoming a Man; a Divine Man and laying His life down freely for us; the cross would be a horrible symbol.  But the Cross now means love and means forgiveness.  Because it was there where God forgave us all by shedding his blood and giving up his body for us. 

We who are called Catholic Christians; of the same and one Holy Apostolic Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ and gave Peter the Keys of the Kingdom of God and a never ending line of succession from the Apostles themself.  We are to live the life of a Christian; who Jesus Himself taught us and St. Justin Martyr has a very nice qoute: “Let it be understood that those who are not found living as He taught are not Christian- even though they profess with the lips the teaching of Christ.”

In forgiveness and loving how God loves us; requires great humility and this is part of what we are called to do.  That is pick up our cross and follow Him in His foot steps and forgiving those who injure us or does us wrong and from the cross we are to pray the same forgiveness prayer He prayed for those who Crucified Him, nailed him to the cross, mocked him and scouraged him.  We are to do the same whenever we have been harmed in such way or ask forgiveness if we harm others.

God bless.

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 12, 2011 12:01 am

    Wonderful post..Thanks for writiting this..Happy Sunday..

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