Friday, February 14, 2014
Do I forgive when I am hurt?
by Sister Rose Jochmann
In today's first reading, we receive the message that God gave to Moses, "Cherish no grudge against any of your people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Jesus goes even further in the Gospel, "I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father."
These lines in today's Scripture can be challenging. Jesus invites us to love those who are difficult to love. It is easy to hold grudges against those who don't appreciate us, who say hurtful things, who insult us, who betray us, who exclude us. These are small "persecutions." How do we handle them? Do we forgive and forget? How can we say we love God when we don't love the person next to us?