As we forgive those who trespass against us

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.

This week’s  Discovery Challenge: Apology  has indeed been challenging for me.  Saying “I’m sorry” isn’t particularly difficult for me when I have done wrong, either by word or deed, commission or omission.  Even after racking my brain for a significant apology either given or received, I was coming up empty.

As we prayed the Lord’s Prayer yesterday at mass, it occurred to me that in the second half of the prayer, we are saying sorry and asking for forgiveness for the things we have done wrong.  And as a response to being forgiven, we are offering forgiveness to those who have wronged us.

There is a Sacred Heart of  Jesus with outstretched arms above the entrance of the Sacred Heart Hall which serves as the canteen & waiting area for parents in church.  It reminds me that as God has extended His love to us, we are called to love others as He has loved us.

It is a call to action:  seek to love & forgive as we have been loved & forgiven.  We are called to transform a troubled world into a more caring, healing & loving one.  It is good and well to say “I’m sorry”, but to be able to forgive someone who has done wrong by us; to actively look for opportunities to positively connect with those we share space with by living out God’s forgiveness?  That is a completely different proposition.

Photo credit: Loving Husband took the photo of the Sacred Heart Statue &  stain-glass above entrance of Sacred Heart Hall, Church of St Ignatius, Singapore

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4 Replies to “As we forgive those who trespass against us”

  1. Thank you for the powerful reminder that love… repentance and forgiveness… as well as trust and obedience are all action words. While your specific emphasis was on forgiveness… your admonition to “actively look for opportunities to positively connect” with those with whom we share space… covers many areas of Christian living. As you say… using the words is not enough. We must be “doers of the Word”.

    I really appreciated reading your thoughts…

    Galen

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  2. Beautifully written. I am not Christian but I spent 13 years in a catholic school . I feel this instant peace enveloping me whenever I visit a church or a chapel. It’s almost magical. Thank you for reminding me that forgiveness comes from the heart and not just words.

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    1. Thank you for taking time to read & for your words of encouragement. Thank you for sharing your feelings about visiting churches & chapels – I know what you mean about the sense of peace & magic. We love to visit churches when we travel … so much history & beauty in these places.

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