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  • Fr. Howard Thompson

Lenten Bytes

How can we be assured that our sins are forgiven? From the cross, Jesus cries out, “Father forgive them” (Lk. 23:34). The Bible tells us that “while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). To prove He had the power to forgive sins, He at first told the paralytic his sins were forgiven, then He told him to take up his mat and walk (Jn. 5:8). Jesus is the Lamb of God who truly takes away our sins (Jn. 1:29). But in today’s gospel, Jesus lays down a condition for forgiveness to be assured that our sins are forgiven. He says “if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your sins” (Mt. 6:15). We, as followers of Jesus, are the loving recipients of God’s mercy. But we are also challenged and empowered to forgive those who sin against us. This Lent, pray for the grace to forgive others, so that we will live in imitation of our Saviour. Lord Jesus, as I embrace your mercy in my life, may I reveal my love for You and others by choosing to forgive and walking in Your ways. Amen.


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