Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 30 July – 5 August 2017
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
A member of an audience in a conference was asked by the speaker: “If you have an enemy, what will you do to him/her?” In a jest, the audience answered in a proud manner: “Well, I’ll build a wall and get over it.” The rest of the people applauded the his answer and the speaker was speechless for a moment.
The phrase maybe a modification of the term “build a bridge and get over it” meaning one, after a period of time, does not yet get over of something. After all, there are times when we do not simply forget something and it keeps returning into our minds even it has previously happened long time ago.
Yet, there are some who refuse to make amends to someone who had offended them even after quite some time.
Jesus Christ taught us to forgive others, as God has forgiven us. He also taught us to love our enemies. Contradicting statements they seem but they form the very foundation of God’s arrival in our world: Forgiveness of sins. As vile as our sins are, God chose to send His son to deliver us from the bondage.. All of it because we sinned and He loved us.
Maybe we have someone whom we do not talk to anymore because of previous transgressions. Today, God is inviting us to open a small chat with them, apologies may or may not initially be given on that communication but it is a small gesture of open arms for them, knowing that we are giving them a chance to make reparations, just God has given us the gift of salvation.
God has forgiven us so that we can also forgive others.