Friday, March 21, 2014

Daily Thought For March 22, 2014

Forgiveness

     Have you thought about God's patience, the patience that he has for each one of us? That is his mercy. He always has patience, patience with us. He understands us, he waits for us, he does not tire of forgiving us if we know how to return to him with a contrite heart. "Great is your mercy, O LORD," says the psalm (119:156). 
     Let us not forget this: God never tires of forgiving. Never. "And, Father, what is the problem?" The problem is we get tired, we don't want it, we get tired of asking forgiveness. God never tires of forgiving, but sometimes we get tired of asking forgiveness. May we never weary of it, may we never weary of asking forgiveness. God is a loving Father who always forgives, who has a merciful heart for us. 
     God is patient with us because he loves us, and he who loves understands, hopes, gives confidence, does not abandon, doesn't burn bridges, and knows how to forgive. Let us remember in our Christian life: God always waits for us, even when we have separated ourselves from him. He is never far away, and if we return to him, he is ready to embrace us. 
     Dearest brothers and sisters, let us allow ourselves to be enveloped in God's mercy. Let us trust in his patience, for he always gives us his time. May we have the courage to return home, to live in the wounds of God's love. allowing him to love 
us and encountering his mercy in the sacraments. We will feel his tenderness, which is so beautiful. We will feel his embrace, and we too will be more capable of mercy. patience, forgiveness, and love. 
     It isn't easy to entrust oneself to God's mercy, because it is an incomprehensible abyss, but we must. "Oh, Father, if you knew about my life, you would not speak to me that way." "Why? What have you done?" "Oh, Father! I have sinned so much." "Even more, then, go to Jesus! He likes it when [people] tell him these things." He forgets, he has a great capacity for forgetting, a very special one. He forgets, he kisses you, he hugs you and solemnly tells you, "Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again" Jn 8: 11). He gives you only that advice. After a month, we may find ourselves in the same condition . . .  Let us return to the Lord. The Lord never tires of forgiving, never! We are the ones who tire of asking for forgiveness. And we ask for the grace to never tire of asking for forgiveness, because he never tires of forgiving. Let us ask for this grace. 



From Inspiration from Pope Francis―Jorge Mario Bergoglio pp.65-68