Sirach 27 -28; Psalm 103:1-12; Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18:21-35
The bible speaks of God‘s great and selfless love for us and His mercy. However, it also speaks of how God will judge us at the end of our life. Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to that of a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. In the story, the king, filled with passion and mercy after seeing his slave who owed him lots of money plead for his mercy, forgave the slave’s debt. However upon hearing that the news his slave put a fellow slave in prison for owing him a small amount, he had the same slave tortured until he paid back his debt too. This is how the Lord will judge us after we die. This is a call for forgiveness. While there may be times when we make mistakes, the Lord forgives us as long as He sees our efforts to go back on the path of righteousness and our degree of remorse. God will not be forgiving to us if we do not learn to forgive others ourselves.
If we are to expect forgiveness from God, being His children, we should also forgive all the people who did us wrong. God speaks to us through our heart. If we listen to our heart and follow what we are being told to do, as well as with constant prayer for God’s guidance and help, we will be blessed with the grace to forgive others. On our own, we don’t have the capacity to forgive others, as we have the tendency to nurse our wounds and be focused on ourselves alone.
We should also love others as we love ourselves. We should also be selfless towards other, just as God is with us.
Today, we commemorate the 10th year death anniversary of the fallen heroes from the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and the Twin Towers in NYC. Americans were united as one on this fatal day ten years ago, and even to some degree up to nowadays. A lot of the people who died sacrificed their lives to save others, like the firemen, policemen, and other public servants. Even civilians were drawn to help find surviving American victims from the rubble from the devastation of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon building. While it’s easy to pray for the victims of 9/11, it is a challenge to pray for the terrorists of 9/11. However, by the grace of God, I have come to realize that the terrorists are misguided, and are lost in their own selfish world, and they have a misconception of God and what He wants. They are, however, our brothers and sisters in the eyes of God. I think we should also pray for their guidance and enlightenment. Pray that there would be no more war as well, as war is not the solution to end terror. We should be leading by example, not retaliating by committing the same sin. God should be the one to give justice to the victims, not us. We shouldn’t play god.