Thought of the day
3/12/2019 5:55:21 AM

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors



Those who wish to receive the Paschal feast of the Lord in holiness of mind and body should strive, above all, to win that grace which contains the summit of virtues and "covers a multitude of sins" (1 Pt 4:8). So at the point of celebrating the greatest of all mysteries, that with which the blood of Jesus Christ wiped out our iniquities, let us first of all prepare the sacrifice of mercy. Thus we shall return to those who have offended us what the goodness of God has granted us. May insults be cast into oblivion, wrongs ignore torture from now on, and all offenses be set free from fear of reprisal!… If someone should detain such prisoners… may he fully understand that he himself is a sinner and, so as to receive forgiveness, let him rejoice that he has found someone to forgive. In this way, when we say, according to the Lord's teaching: "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors" (Mt 6:12), we shall have no doubt that we receive God's pardon as we formulate our prayer.