“Forgive your neighbor’s injustices, then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the Lord? Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself, can he seek pardon for his own sins?…. Remember your last days, set enmity aside, remember death and decay, and cease from sin. Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor, remember the Most High’s covenant and overlook faults.”
When we consider the word power, we might think of electricity, strength, brute force, like the recent hurricanes that have devastated lands and populations. The greatest power available is not physical or even emotional. The greatest power resides in every person, yet often goes unused.
The scriptures today reflect that power and is found in the word forgiveness. Every person has the power to forgive. In our world beset with hatred, war, discrimination, rarely do we resort to the use of this power. We are set on dominating, getting even, putting others in their place. We judge, presume intentions and motivation, yet fail to see the splinter in our own eye. The power to forgive is a gift to use, for my own well being and for others.
I recall a wise priest who directed others to ‘look the other way.’
Let us continue to pray for those in our country and around the world affected by recent natural disasters (Texas, Louisiana, Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico); may the support of relief agencies, neighbors and loved ones who come to their aid prove them the care and hope needed to recover and rebuild from the devastation they have experienced. You and I have seen the pictures in the newspapers, television, and the internet…. and we are reminded of Sandy in 2012; this is even worse. Please lift up to the Lord these people who are suffering in so many ways, that they will never lose hope. May you have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!
PRAYER FOR CATECHISTS
O God, our Heavenly Father, you have given us the gift of our catechists to be heralds of the Gospel to our parish family. We lift them up to you in thanksgiving and intercede for them concerning their hopes and needs.
May we be attentive to the presence of your Word in them, a Word that lifts up and affirms, calls forth and challenges, is compassionate and consoles.
We pray that our parish family will always be blessed with those who have responded to the call to share in Christ’s prophetic mission as catechists. May we too be open to the universal call to service that Christ addresses to all his disciples, contributing our gifts to the communion of faith, the Church.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Listen to my homily today.
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish