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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 8, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

Titus 1:1-9
Psalm 24:1-6
Luke 17:1-6

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Forgiveness. . .

A fairly common word to us Christians. Much used, fairly well understood but perhaps not fully practiced.

But for us Christians, our Lord makes practicing forgiveness simple. JUST DO IT! We are to forgive, and forgive and forgive again and again. Seven times a day. Seventy times seven times. Always. Every time. How much more simple can it get?

Well, for us humans it's not that simple. We're often guilty of forgiving but only up to a point. We forgive--for now--only to bring up the sin committed against us at a later time when it suits our own needs. Is this what Christ said? That we should forgive for only a period of time and then un-forgive?

NO! We are to forgive. Period. And forgive and forgive again and again.
Period. Easy to do? No. But we have the ultimate example in Jesus who displayed true forgiveness even when suffering on the cross. (And He forgives us now even when we fail to forgive.) Learn from Him and just do it.

- Don Claunch, SFO

Lives of the saints:

Thirty-second week in Ordinary Time

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