Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Perhaps it is especially significant that we encounter this lesson on Forgiveness in our study on Ash Wednesday. Yes, we will meet on Wednesday this week. Next week, we will return to our regularly scheduled meeting day of Thursday.
Lesson 4: So you just let him get away with it?
I can think of few things that are more grievous than the abduction, abuse, and killing of a young child. I would find it truly difficult, if not impossible, to just blow it over and move on. Is that what forgiveness is? In this study we will dig more deeply into judgement, conviction, and forgiveness of those who have "wronged " us and forgiveness for ourselves by ourselves and others whom we have wronged. What does God call us to do? How does God support and encourage us as we step into forgiving and being forgiven?
Key Verse: Luke 6:37-38
Luke 6:37-38 New International Version (NIV)
37 "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
Luke 6:37-38 The Message (MSG)
37-38 "Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults-unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don't condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you'll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back-given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity."
Quote from the movie: "You don't have to do this alone. I'm here with you" -Papa
Read and Reflect on Luke 6:27-42; Matthew 5:17-48;
Who or what is difficult for you to forgive?
Is there someone whose forgiveness you need to seek?
How does forgiveness fit your understanding of God and your relationship with God?
This Epiphany Season, may the eyes of our hearts not be so blinded by the pain of loss that we miss the opportunity to have an "Epiphany", an Awakening, to the presence of God with us when we most need God to be with us.
I would love to hear from any of you, but especially from those who will not be able to join our class in person.
Reflect on your own spiritual journey.
Read, Pray, Reflect. Then, Come and Share!
Since I post this study on Face Book as well as the St Jerome's website, I invite comments and questions from any of you who are not able to be physically with us, but find this study meaningful and would like to be a part of it. Please feel free to contact me at cpkellyL@aol.com.
Bless you all,
Fr Colin Kelly