The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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2nd Week of Lent

Mon, 02/26/2018
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

It’s time.  No holding back.  No more waiting for a better moment.
No more delays.  No more excuses.  No more dragging your feet.
It’s time to stop being petty, stubborn, miserly, cold-hearted.
If someone is indebted to you because they have sinned against you
if they have insulted you, lied to you, cheated you, if they treated you poorly,
if they have caused you harm, upset your moral sensibilities, caused you trouble,
if you believe they owe you an apology
…show them mercy.  Pardon the debt.  Let it go.
Release the other from the obligation or responsibility of making things right.
Set them free.  It’s time for a grant of amnesty.
It’s time to put the matter behind you and move on in life.
Liberate the person from the prison you’ve put them in…
you know… “I won’t set you free until you’ve paid the last penny.”
Why should we do this?
Because this is what God does.  He forgives.  He shows mercy.  He remits our sin.
And we are called to emulate God, follow his lead, act in a similar way.
We are called to reflect His mercy in our own lives.  How?
By forgiving the sins of others even if they never admit they are at fault…
even if they never apologize for the slight.
Why should we do this?
Because Jesus Christ has already paid the price for their sin through his death on the cross.
His Salvation is victorious over sin.
We are members of the community of faith he established.
The thought and act of forgiveness
is of fundamental significance throughout the New Testament.
For the sake of Jesus Christ, bestow forgiveness, grant forgiveness.
Why should we forgive the sins of even the most grievous offenders?
Because it will renew us.  It will renew our hearts, our minds, our souls.
It will set us free from the baggage we carry….an unnecessary burden.
(Unforgiveness is a snare set by the devil.)
Our willingness to forgive will intensify our love;
it will add something beneficial to our capacity for love.
Forgiveness will increase our sense of joy.
Forgiveness will intensify our spiritual vigor, our sense of inner holiness.
It will increase our experience of God’s peace and happiness.
Forgiveness in the present will open our hearts to the possibility of forgiveness in the future.
This is called hope.
Forgiveness is an eschatological blessing.
It is a sign of the coming of God’s Kingdom.  It is a sign of God working in our midst.
With every act of forgiveness the Kingdom grows, expands,.
By offering forgiveness we allow God to work through us.
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, Your kindness is poured out upon us through Your forgiveness of our sins.  Help us to extend Your love and Your care to others by our willingness to forgive their sins.   Bless us with forgiving hearts for the sake of giving glory to Your Son, Jesus Christ. He is Lord forever and ever….Amen!”