Second Week of Lent
Monday, March 13, 2017.
- Alms giving
- Fasting and
These are important spiritual disciplines that are emphasised over and over again. In the first week of lent, our readings delt mostely with the issue of prayers begining from the Father of all Prayers, the Lord’s Prayer. This week, we have turned to another thing that was insisted in the last part of the Lord’s prayer, the forgiveness.
And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us. And do not put us to the test, but save us from the evil one. ‘Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours; but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.’
But why do we need forgiveness? Daniel is reminding us that we have transgressed the commandments and the ordinances of our God. We have disobeyed God’s messangers (pope, bishops, priests and all entrusted to teach us the word of God). We have sinned and that is why we need forgiveness. “We” mean all of us, I son of man included. Nobody is just, nobody is free of sins and therefore in that realization, we ought not to pint an accusing finger to others. We need to exercise compassionate even to those whose sins are exposed more than ours. We need not condemn because we are equally sinners. We need to forgive one another as much as we need to be forgiven.
However, we aren’t to stop there. We need to hold one another’s hand by correcting one another and accepting correction too. That is the meaning of being compassionate. God is merciful and compassion.
St. Theresa of Lisieux, Pray for us