This Week's message from Father Steve...


Dear Family,

FORGIVENESS!!! Did you ever think about how difficult it is to go to someone and ask them to forgive us for some wrong that we have committed? This forces us to confront our own faults and failings and that is never an easy thing to do! I think that is why so many people have a hard time coming to Confession!! (Try to remember that God is infinite MERCY!!) But did you ever realize how much more difficult it is for us to actually forgive someone else who has wronged us?? That is often harder! For some reason we humans, when offended, have a very hard time forgiving. And then to actually forget the offense? That hardly ever happens! How often do we bring up things that happened years ago that offended us? I am often asked the question of how to forgive. It is not an easy one to answer. However, I often remind people that our refusing to forgive actually hurts us more than it hurts the person who offended us! We sit there fuming over the 'offense' and the other person is off living his/her life as if nothing happened. For them, it is often not a problem or they may not even realize that they offended us. That is what our Scriptures are telling us today. Sirach holds nothing back. He states this very clearly in our very stark First Reading. Jesus does the same with His parable in the Gospel. How could we possibly expect God to forgive us when we refuse to forgive others? We often offend God in much greater ways than any other human being can offend us! Something to pray over....

Praised Be Jesus Christ...Now and Forever!!!

 

 

Rev. Steven Jekielek, Pastor

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We, the people of St. Christopher Parish, journey to the heavenly kingdom of God our Father by following the example and service of Jesus Christ his Son, inspired daily by the Holy Spirit to lead faith-filled Christian lives.

 


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