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  • Fr. Howard Thompson

Lenten Bytes

The hymn, 'Make me a channel of Your peace' contains the beautiful words, 'O Master, grant that I may never be loved as to love with all my soul', and 'It is in pardoning that we are pardoned'. We sing these words with joy, but do we spend time to reflect on them? We see in today's gospel that our God is not only ready to forgive us, but He also expects us to forgive others (Mt. 18: 32-35). The measure of love is not based on what is received, but what is given. The gift received, whether good or bad, is a measure of the giver's capacity and state of mind. The gift we give however reveals our ability to love and reflect God. Since we are loved by God and commanded to love others, then we prove ourselves worthy when we choose to love even when it is not returned. We should choose to forgive even when others refuse, because this is God's way. Let us allow Lent to be a time and habit of loving and forgiving all. Lord Jesus, help me to love and forgive as You desire, so that I may truly become a channel of Your peace. Amen.

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