Think about a time in your childhood when you
made a huge mistake and needed your parent’s (or someone’s)
forgiveness. How did you feel? Were you forgiven?
Reflect about a time when you needed to forgive
someone else. Were you able to forgive? What helped you to find forgiveness
in your heart?
(Note: Some may remember that the one they needed
to forgive was themselves)
Read the following passages and contemplate for
a few moments about what they say to you.
So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your
brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before
the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then
come and offer your gift.
and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God
in Christ has forgiven you.
Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender,
and if there is repentance, you must forgive. And if the same person sins
against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I
repent,’ you must forgive.”
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase
The New Revised Standard Version, (Nashville, TN: Thomas
Nelson Publishers) 1989.