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Friday, May 17, 2013

Daily Bible Reflections - May 17, 2013


MERCY

 
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?” – John 21:16
 
The boy stood in front of the coffin even as he felt everyone’s anger on him. He was ready to be beaten, berated and driven away, but he still visited his dead friend because he wanted to pay his respects, say goodbye and ask for forgiveness. After all, he was holding the gun they were playing with when it went off and killed the other boy. So it was a surprise, beyond all understanding, when the mother of the dead boy approached and hugged him. They both cried as they held each other. Repeatedly, the grieving mother assured him, “It’s not your fault.”
       Forgiveness is not always about the one who receives it; instead, its meaning is found in the one who gives it. Easter is a remembrance not only of Jesus’ victory over sin and death, but it is also a remembrance of the suffering He had to go through for us — all done out of love.
       When we are as gracious and merciful to forgive others who have wronged us, then we say yes to Jesus’ question to Peter, “Do you love me?” Rod Velez (rod.velez@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: How can you show your love for Jesus this Easter season?
 
With all my heart I ask, “Lord forgive me for all my sins and help me to extend that mercy to others.”
 
St. Paschal Baylon, pray for us.

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