Thought of the Day March 20, 2019 Forgiveness leads to conversion

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"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." Did they not?

Listen to the words of Pope Benedict XVI: “Ignorance diminishes guilt, and it leaves open the path to conversion. But it does not simply excuse, because at the same time it reveals a deadening of the heart that resists the call of Truth. All the more, then, it remains a source of comfort for all times and for all people that both in the case of those who genuinely did not know (his executioners) and in the case of those who did know (the people who condemned him), the Lord makes their ignorance the motive for his plea for forgiveness: he sees it as a door that can open us to conversion.”

Jesus was putting into practice in his own life what he had taught others to do. He had taught the disciples to pray to the Father: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” “If you do not forgive from your heart, you will not be forgiven.” Peter asked him how far does a person have to go to forgive another. To Peter’s own response of seven, Jesus clearly said that it needs to be seventy times seventy times. Basically, there is no limit to forgiveness because God’s forgiveness of us is unlimited.

Jesus forgave the sins of the paralyzed man, the sins of woman caught in adultery, the woman who washed his feet with her tears in response to his mercy. He expressed the Father’s forgiveness in the parable of the prodigal son.  He showed what non forgiveness will do in the parable of the merciless servant. (To be continued)

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