Thought of the Day March 22, 2019 Forgiveness frees us

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

They say that to forgive is the most freeing thing you can do for yourself.  That when you forgive someone, they no longer have power over you; that you can be free to move on, live your life without having your attacker control your life any longer. This is what Jesus did from the start of his sacrifice. This is what he teaches us to do as well. And he is also teaching us that true forgiveness only comes through and from God. 

In this parable in action Jesus is teaching us what Bishop Oscar Romero came to realize years ago. “The vengeance of God is forgiveness.”

Merciful Savior, and friend of the human race, in your compassion you forgave your mortal enemies who sentenced you and nailed you to the cross. By your gracious example, help me to forgive my enemies from the heart and make friends even with the sinful. Blessed be your forgiving heart, now and forever. Amen.

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