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Unconditional, forgiving love

June 14, Tuesday 11th Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: 1 Kings 21:17-29, Gospel, Mathew 5:43-48

Forgiveness is an expression of love. Let us strive for love so that we may have the capacity to forgive others.

St. Cyprian was about to be martyred, and he gave a gold coin as a farewell gift to his executioner. St. Thomas Moore hugged and kissed his executioner, who knelt and asked for pardon. St Stephen prayed for his enemies who stoned him to death.

These are extraordinary examples of the unconditional, forgiving love that marks a faithful Christian.

Loving one's friends, family, and dear ones is natural. But to love your enemies and those who harm you is supernatural. Jesus said to his disciples, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven."

Jesus calls us to forgive unconditionally. Forgiving a person for his faults demands that we die to our hurt feelings and love him with a cheerful face. It is not easy for human beings.

Christian forgiveness is unconditional. That is why it is said to err is human, but to forgive is divine. Jesus gave us this teaching of forgiveness and practiced it in his life. Even on the cross, Jesus prayed for his enemies, "Father forgive them for not knowing what they do."

As Christians, we are called to follow Jesus’ example of unconditional forgiveness. May we be able to forget and forgive our brothers and sisters and love them unconditionally.

May the spirit fills our hearts with his love so that we can also forgive with a divine nature.


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