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Lent: God forgives...will we?

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Think about this. We believe in God Almighty, the Creator of the Universe, ex-nihilo (out of nothing). We believe Him, because He has Revealed Himself, to be Love. And He Loved (Loves) the world (us) so much that He sent His beloved Son to die for us while we were still guilty.

Jesus' whole life, not to mention the gospel, was about the Will of the Father. Everything Jesus did, and said, could be summed up in the parable of the Prodigal Son (and his Prodigal Father), and in Matthew Chapter 25 and what we do 'to the least of these our brethren.'

So why do we find it so hard to forgive?

"So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:10-11

Jesus is that very Word.

If we are truly Christian, truly Catholic in the Universal Mission of the Messiah, we will not only want to be like Christ in everything, but we will want to please Him, out of love, in everything. But we can't do everything. And, sometimes, we sin in some things.

But we mustn't despair. God is Love, and His Mercy is Super-Abundant.

Yet, besides repentance, shouldn't we also practice forgiveness?

"The LORD has eyes for the just, and ears for their cry. The LORD confronts the evildoers, to destroy remembrance of them from the earth." Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19

Since both repentance and forgiveness come from the same well of the Living Water of God's Mercy, there must be a singular reason for our struggle to forgive the transgressions of others.

Could it be a lack of faith, and trust, in God's Justice?

We are, after all, hemmed in on all sides by abortionists, radical terrorists, proponents of gay 'marriage,' socialists, secularists, communists, and those who would like to destroy the Judaeo-Christian faith. Do we truly believe that the Lord 'has eyes for the just?'

"If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” Matthew 6:7-15

Lent is for everyone. Even non-Catholics!

For the comfort of non-Catholics, let's change Lent to 'the time of year we walk with Christ to His Cross.' Now, Christ was walking to Jerusalem knowing fully well He would die because of our sins. Did He hate us for it, or did He Love us even more?

After all, He didn't forgive us AFTER He was ON the Cross...His Cross WAS/IS His Willing forgiveness of us! Remember, it was the Father's Loving Will from all eternity (mystery), and the Will Jesus accepted fully in Gethsemane.

The Cross was Jesus' forgiveness forever. The Eucharist is it's perpetuation as food for our life in Him. The Church (One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic) is the Body of this forgiving Messiah--alive in the Spirit of Mercy.

We, therefore, live from His forgiveness. Why, then, won't we let others live through our own?