Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today the Gospel confronts us with forgiveness. But how can we accept forgiveness or even forgive others unless we first are able to receive it, to actually hear the words: “I absolve you from your sins, in the Name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; unless we hear “your sins are forgiven, go in peace?”

Jesus articulates the full dimension of His love by applying it to our own practice of forgiveness. Whenever we forgive from the heart we build a bridge on our way to heaven.

Each of us are sinners. The only way we can truly live God’s Will is to actually forgive those who sin against us. It sounds so easy and yet we find it so difficult because of our lack of faith.

Jesus’ words today, invite us to believe in ourselves as human persons transformed in His love, to do what is divine on earth- to imitate His compassionate love-to perform signs and wonders and to appreciate His presence with us all of the time.

The Holy Spirit is with us as a Church and as persons of faith-we have but to profess that faith to one another –this is evangelism at its very heart. Listen then to the Word of God and apply it to your daily living, because in order to evangelize well a true disciple must first be evangelized in a spirit of truth and light.