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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

“Forgive, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” (Jonathan Lockwood Huie) - Daily Bible Reflections March 1, 2016

Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him?” – Matthew 18:21
       Can you imagine yourself taking a bath only once a month? You’ll freak out, right? But let’s say there’s a water shortage and a
presidential decree was issued that showers can only be taken every 30 days, with a maximum of two gallons of water for each Filipino per bath.
       Entering into an air-conditioned room will be a nightmare. Prayer meetings will prohibit the lifting of hands. The basketball ring will be lowered to four feet.
       My message? That you and I do more deranged things than bathing monthly. For example, when we do not forgive others every day. Our bodies need regular washing because we get dirty every day. But so do our hearts. Because each day, people hurt us, offend us, forget us, snub us, step on us, or reject us. But if we choose to forgive everyone every day, we cleanse our hearts.
       Some people, however, will accumulate their hurts. Perhaps in a Holy Week retreat, they decide to forgive all their enemies. But without such rare events, they just become filthier each day. Their spirits begin to smell. Their stench becomes flammable. For these people, hell begins now.
  Forgive — and you’ll smell fresh each day. Bo Sanchez (bosanchez@kerygmafamily.com)
Reflection: “Forgive, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” (Jonathan Lockwood Huie)
Grant me the grace, Lord, to forgive and let go of my hurts each day.
St. David of Wales, bishop, pray for us.

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