FROM THE PASTOR:
Forgiveness - Lent
The world does not consider forgiveness as something great and it does not reduce the amount of evil in the world. The only way to diminish the suffering that burdens mankind is by forgiveness. The Lord is not resentful
(1 Cor 13:5). St. Paul says that forgiveness is one of the highest forms of charity. When we refuse to forgive someone for harm done to us we are adding another wrong to the first and that doesn’t solve the problem. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good,” Romans 12:21.
Hence, forgiveness means saying: “This person has wronged me, but I don’t want to condemn him. I don’t want to identify him with his faults. I don’t want to take justice into my hands. God is the only one who searches our minds and hearts and judges justly. And I leave it to God. I want to look at him with eyes of hope because I believe God can change him. Ultimately, we can really forgive because of the hope that we have in the Resurrected Christ who would give us a share in his Resurrection.
Fr. Louis Reddy Maram Reddy