Thought for the Day – 23 October – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
“Month of the Holy Rosary”
“As We Also Forgive Our Debtors”
“When we ask God to forgive us, we promise to forgive those who have offended us.
Unless we are to be guilty of deception, therefore, we must pardon them.
If we refuse to forgive, God will not forgive us.
Jesus tells us in the Gospel, to pardon offences not seven times but, seventy times seven (Cf Mt 18:22).
In other words, we must always be prepared to forgive.
He tells us to return good for evil and to turn the other cheek when someone strikes us.
Not alone did Jesus command us to do this but, He also set us an example.
While He was suffering fearful torments on the Cross and was surrounded by jeering enemies, He turned to His heavenly Father and uttered those sublime words: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23:24).
How could we gaze at the Crucifix and dare to refuse forgiveness to anyone?
No matter how grave may seem the injuries done to us by our neighbour, let us remember, that they are insignificant in comparison with the insults which we have dared to offer to the infinite majesty of our Creator.
They are as the hundred denarii compared with the ten thousand talents of Christ’s parable (Mt 18:24-28).
If we wish to receive God’s pardon, therefore, let us be prepared to forgive.
Let our forgiveness be sincere, however and, not a mere formal token.
The forgiveness freely granted by a heart scourged by the injuries of others, is a pleasing sacrifice offered to God.”
Antonio Cardinal Bacci