24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
15 Sep 2017

The Book of Sirach had a great influence in the development of common-sense wisdom.  Today’s reading is a case in point.  It takes a lot of energy to stay mad.  So, we need to let go.  It is the only way.  Letting grudges and anger go is more liberating.  This leads us into the Gospel where the question is asked: “How often must I forgive my brother or sister?   The answer is strengthened by the indications that we owe much more to others than others owe us.  The point of the story is not only that we should forgive, but also that we are able to forgive!  If there is one gift of God we need in our days, it is that gift of forgiveness.  But what is required is not frequent forgiveness, but limitless forgiveness.  Imagine the dying and rising that would take place in each of us if we had to forgive somebody seventy-seven times.  The truth is that the majority of times when we will be called to extend forgiveness have to do with our everyday life.  There are the little things we store in our private grievance drawer, until a larger matter brings them out.  If forgiveness is not a lifestyle, exercised in each encounter, then resentment and criticism may rule our lives. And people who cannot forgive break down the bridge over which they themselves must pass.