Tuesday of 3rd Week of Lent Mardi de la 3è semaine de carême

“If my brother commits a fault against me, how many times must I forgive him?"
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Dn.3 25-43 Ps 24 Mt 18, 21- 35

Tuesday of 3rd Week of Lent

“How often must I forgive my brother, if he has wronged me?”

Dn.3,25..43 Ps.24 Mt.18,21-35

Tuesday 1st March 2016

“Then Peter went up to Jesus and said, ’Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered ’Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-times seven.’ And so the kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who decided to settle his accounts with his servants. When the reckoning began he brought him a man who owed him ten thousand talents; he had no means of paying, so his master gave him orders that he be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions , to meet the debt. At this, the servant threw himself down at his Master’s feet, with he words, ’Be patient with me and I will pay the whole sum.”

Peter is going to become the intendant of the goods of the Lord Jesus, of his Infinite Love, and this is when he asks Jesus how many times he will have to forgive!

There is a link between the immense treasure of the Infinite Love given to us by God and the relationships we have one with another. So Jesus proclaims the parable about debts, the reality of community living out of forgiveness. Jesus has given his Life for us and God our Father has accepted the offering of His Life, so as to reconcile us to His Love.

Liberated, we can now walk on a path of forgiveness and mercy. Pity situates each on of us in our right place. Forgiveness offered to a brother who asks for it, brings to light the beauty of humanity. On the Cross, all our refusals to love fell down upon Jesus : ’He became sin for us, He who never sinned.’

God has forgiven us so that we, too, can enter into the way of forgiveness. He sent His Only Son into the world so as to reconcile us from sin, which is a refusal of God of which we all suffer, in order to be able to find a filial life with Our Father and to find a fraternal life, too.

"Now, as the servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow-servant who owed him one hundred denari; and he seized him by the throat and began to throttle him, saying, ’Pay whet you owe me.’ His fellow servant fell at his feet

and appealed to him, saying ’Be patient with me and I will pay you.’ But the other would not agree; on, the contrary he had him thrown into prison till he should pay the debt. His fellow-servants were deeply distressed when they saw what had happened, and they went to their master and reported the whole affair to him. Then the master sent for the man and said to him ’You wicked servant, I cancelled all that debt of your when you appealed to me. Were you not bound, then to have pity on your fellow-servant just as I had pity on you?"

Benefitting form the exchange of Love with God, living from our faith in Jesus, we begin to reflect upon the marvels God has done for us. Forgiveness and recognition of God’s unbelievable Love for us, He places us in God’s Truth announced in the Paschal mystery. It manifests how the Master is ’taken up with pity ’before the indigence of this man who is begging, manifesting God’s Infinite Love for us.

it is this way that God would like us to behave in our fraternal dealings. When we pray, we would like God to listen to us and we like to feel His Presence in order to move forward in intimacy with him. Now, it is in fraternal love and in forgiveness that communion with God is built up.

“And this is how my heavenly father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.”

A new horizon opens up before us, to enter into a recognition of the good things given to us every day. To recognise them is to let the call to pity grow within us so that our heart may be compassionate, close to the one to whom we ask and whose debts we pay off.

Forgiveness comes to Love, God’s Love for us and Love for others. We are aware of the Infinite Love with which we are loved, it is our Joy, it is a perfect one! In this incredible Love, we wish to welcome our brothers with the same Love with which we are loved. This Word is infinitely precious, the one who said it cannot say it, without applying it to himself.

Jesus is the One who forgives all his brothers with his whole heart. We are invited to contemplate the grace to which we are called so that the Kingdom offered to us may come. The royal means and practical way to enter in is through forgiveness which burst forth from the Heart of Jesus.

We ask for the grace to understand this Word of God and to put it into practice.

305. Mardi de la 3e semaine de Carême : Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Lent

" Peter went forward and asked : ’Lord, do I have to forgive seven times? Jesus said to him : ’I do not say seven times but seventy times seven times.’’

God arranged things so he could forgive us. He sent this Son into the world so that in dying he would reconcile us from sin, this refusal of God, to find a filial and fraternal life. Jesus lived in a perfect manner and God our Father accepted the offering of his life, his sacrifice, so as to reconcile us with God. On the cross, every refusal of love was put on to Jesus. Paul will say : ’He became sin for us, even though he himself had never sinned.’ We can now walk upon his path of mercy and forgiveness. In Jesus, God offers us someone who can guide us little by little in the gift of oneself. Peter realized that he was going to become the one who would deal with the goods of Our Lord : his Infinite Love.So he asked Jesus how often he should forgive ! There is a link between the immense treasure of the infinite Love of God and the relationship we have with others. Seven is a perfect number. In fact behind this number lies the cry of vengeance of Lameq : ’“You have killed a human being! There will be 77 people who will be killed in your home!” Jesus stops this spiral of vengeance, saying to Peter : ’Not seven times but seventy seven times!’ So Jesus gives us this parable of the cancelling of debts. In our lack of love and forgiveness “we have become the smallest of all peoples, we are humiliated.” It is the reality of the community that does not live forgiveness.

“The servant threw himself down at his masters’ feet, with the words : ’Be patient with me, and I will pay the whole sum. Feeling sorry for him, the master let him go and cancelled the debt.”

Whoever places his faith in Jesus becomes Christian and his life begins to reflect what God has done for him in his life. Forgiveness is the recognition of the Incredible Love God has for us all. Forgiveness takes us to the Paschal Mystery, the Truth of God. It shows the Master “full of pity” before the indigence of this man who is begging. In this situation, we see God’s Infinite Mercy for all. He would like us behave like this in our dealings with others. When in the prayer of the ’Our Father’, we pray “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us’, there is no question of measuring. We pray : ’Lord, for the love of your Name, answer our call, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.’ When we pray,, we would like God to listen and we want to feel His Presence so as to move forward and live an intimate relationship with Him.Now as the servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow-servant who owed him one hundred denarii; and he seized him by the throat and began to throttle him, saying, ’Pay what you owe me! ’ His fellow-servant fell at his feet and appealed to him, saying, ’ Be patient with me and I will pay you.’ But the other would not agree; on the contrary, he had him thrown into prison, till he should pay the debt.His fellow-servants were deeply distressed when they saw what had happened, and they went

to their master and reported the whole affair to them.” Now, it is fraternal love and forgiveness that communion with God is built upon.

We would have expected the servant to be patient towards his colleague just as the king had been patient towards him. But he does not forgive his colleague. This is where the story takes another direction to one one might have expected. The forgiven man ill-treats his brother, forgetting God’s mercy towards him! The way we treat our brothers is how God treats us. : our refusal to forgive shows that we have not understood how much we have been forgiven. If I do not forgive the sins of others it is because I do not understand how my own sin is serious before God, and how much I myself have been forgiven. Forgiveness comes from Love, the Love of God for us and then love for others. We are aware of the Infinite Love

of God who loves us. In this Love, it is our joy, for it is perfect! In this unbelievable Love, we want to welcome our brothers with the same love with which we are loved.