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  • Fr. Howard Thompson

Lenten Bytes

Lent invites us to recognise our sins and failings, and humbly seek the Lord’s forgiveness. Through the sufferings of Christ, we are healed. By His precious blood, we are washed clean. We are set free by His cross and resurrection. However, in teaching us how to pray and live as His people, Jesus highlights a condition for forgiveness. At the end of the prayer known as the ‘Our Father’, Jesus emphasises the requirement for being forgiven by God. He states, “If you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your sins” (Mt. 6:15). It is comforting to know God forgives us. The challenge to forgive others can only be done by His grace. The spiritual life cannot be lived on our own strength. It is through the power of a loving God, that we can call upon Him in prayer to help us forgive so that we may be forgiven. The evidence of sin is hurt, pain and brokenness. The evidence of forgiveness is healing, love and reconciliation. God who forgives us, invites us to forgive others. Lord Jesus, save us from our sins by the power of Your love. May we have the courage and love to extend mercy and forgiveness to all in our lives. Amen.


Fr. Howie


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