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Homily for the 24th Sunday in ordinary time, year A

Homily for the 24th Sunday in ordinary time, year A . Readings: Sirach 27: 30 – 28: 7, Romans 14: 7-9, Matthew 18:21-35. Theme: FORGIVENESS: A CHRISTIAN OBLIGATION. Dearly Beloved, it’s refreshing to be back having been away for our annual priestly retreat and annual diocesan grotto spiritual exercise. This morning we are invited to reflect on the need to forgive those who cause us pain and hurt. Beloved, the call to a life of forgiveness is wonderfully made vivid for us by Jesus’ death on the cross and also by Pope St. John Paul II who while in the ambulance on the way to the hospital forgave Ali Agca who shot him at St. Peter’s Square; reminding us that for the Christian, forgiveness is an obligation. We must be ready to forgive others even if they do not ask for it. My dear friend, to forgive is not easy and it is precisely what Christianity is all about. For it is never a life of comfort, though we may have comfort from time to time. Forgiveness then is not easy and it is not saying what people have done to us is somehow “okay” or that it does not matter, rather it sets us free from the ways of this world and takes us into the heart of God. Beloved, as you go about your life, remember forgiveness is infinite; we are not to count how many times we should forgive; instead as long as there is the need for forgiveness, we must be ready to offer our forgiveness; also we are to understand forgivenesses in the fact that though we are sinners, we have been forgiven by God and as such we cannot withhold it from others and finally that God will judge us according to our ability to forgive others. Culled from: www.facebook.com/padredolphyne. www.padredolphyne.wordpress.com

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