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One of  the theme’s during Lent is that we are called to forgive others.  I saw an ex brother-in-law at my nephew’s wedding a few weeks ago and it was a very cordial gathering. It is weird how a moment in time many years ago a person can think that “he did quite a few awful things to my sister which in my opinion are unforgivable”.  While married to him and for a long time afterwards he treated my sister horribly.  Extremely awful things happened while they didn’t have a set custody arrangement.  There were certainly things that at the time I didn’t think that I would ever forgive my ex BIL for doing to my sister.

Over the past 15-20 years both my brother-in-law and I have changed. Thankfully he has changed for the better over the last 5 or so years.  At my nephew’s wedding my BIL gave an outstanding, heartfelt speech to his son where he acknowledged that he had made mistakes with how he treated my sister.  His speech was so passionate that I doubt there was a dry eye at the reception. I think that I had forgiven him before the wedding but his speech gave me the nudge to talk to my BIL and tell him that we all make mistakes, that I have made mistakes and that I will always consider him my brother-in-law regardless of he and my sister not being together anymore.

Jesus paid the ultimate price and sacrificed his own life to save us, forgive us for our sins. We are called to forgive, forgive even sins which we think are unforgivable.

 

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Pope Francis’ words can get lost in translation.  His words in English may not be translated accurately from Spanish.  I agree when Janine Turner says that Pope Francis’ actions speak louder than his words.  Pope Francis shows us by example.  His love is illuminated by his actions.  Pope Francis is a man of mercy who shows us that understanding, caring, compassion and love should be priorities in all of our lives.  After that, conversion of heart can come later.

From PJ Media: 

Pope Francis offered to baptize the baby of a divorced woman whose married lover wanted her to abort it. He has also admonished priests who won’t baptize children born out-of-wedlock for their “rigorous and hypocritical neo-clericalism.”  Actions such as these are sanctifying life and giving pregnant women, who fear condemnation, the courage to choose life.

Actions such as these emulate Christ’s mercy. Actions such as these value not only life but the quality of the life, and soul, of both the mother, who chose life, and the child. Pope Francis’ actions speak much louder than his words. His compassion for the single mother and child is a stellar example of Christ’s love.

 

Every baby deserves to have the best chance in life as possible.  Baptism is one way to do this.  When one is baptized they become in communion with our Lord.  Giving a baby the gift of baptism regardless of the parents situation opens the door to their relationship with God. Plus it is beneficial for the baby and parents.  Babies should not be punished for their parents sins.  To deny a baby baptism because of their parents mistakes is cruel, merciless, displays a lack of forgiveness and is downright wrong.  Denying an innocent baby baptism is not following Jesus’ example.

 

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Here is part of what Pope Francis spoke on the Via Crucis: 

I do not wish to add too many words. One word should suffice this evening, that is the Cross itself. The Cross is the word through which God has responded to evil in the world. Sometimes it may seem as though God does not react to evil, as if he is silent. And yet, God has spoken, he has replied, and his answer is the Cross of Christ: a word which is love, mercy, forgiveness. It also reveals a judgment, namely that God, in judging us, loves us. If I embrace his love then I am saved, if I refuse it, then I am condemned, not by him, but my own self, because God never condemns, he only loves and saves.

Doesn’t it seem like sometimes God doesn’t react to evil?  The way we think He should? As I was thinking about Pope Francis’ words I could see how they could be applicable in our own lives.  Much of the time we want to be the driver because we believe that we know what’s best for ourselves.  But a good deal of the time we just need to sit back, be a passenger, and let God be the driver.  We need to follow God’s will, not ours. We need to let God take care of a troubled relationship, someone who is sick, an individual who is fighting addiction, a person who has withdrawn from the Faith, or when dealing with an unexpected bump in the road in our own lives.  Jesus died on the Cross to save all of humanity.  Sometimes our reactions can do more harm than good. I believe sometimes we are called to be silent, pray, and trust that God will change a person’s heart and take care of the situation in His good time. 

With my being childless and having a hysterectomy due to my health issues I could be angry at God, but I’m not. Maybe something bad would have happened during my pregnancy if I had become pregnant? While it may have been my will to have been able to have kids it wasn’t God’s will. I am called to trust that God’s will is better for me. Maybe God has called me to a different path? Something that I may not have been able to do if I had kids right now? So even though you may be going through a trial in your life right now or dealing with something unexpected maybe God is preparing a better way for you? Maybe He is leading you in a different direction for a very special purpose? 

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1 Corinthians 11:17-34

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

17 But in giving this instruction, I do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together [a]as a church, I hear that [b]divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it. 19 For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become [c]evident among you. 20 Therefore when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper,21 for in your eating each one takes his own supper first; and one is hungry and another is drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses in which to eat and drink? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? In this I will not praise you.

The Lord’s Supper

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. 30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number [d]sleep.31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

33 So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you will not come together for judgment. The remaining matters I will arrange when I come.

The lesson that I draw from the above scripture passage is that we are to humbly follow Jesus and that no matter what we have done to offend God, if we sincerely repent and ask forgiveness for our sins God will forgive us.  Jimmy Akin references Luke’s Gospel to show that while Jesus eat with and kept company with sinners He did not forget that they had sinned. Jesus led by example so that the sinners would repent.  In this world today we are called to acknowledge our sins, repent our sins, ask God for forgiveness, and not ignore others’ sins or the sins of this world. We are called to speak out in love in order so that sinners will turn towards God, reject sin, repent, ask forgiveness, and follow God’s Commandments. 

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