HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT YEAR B
HOMILY THEME: THE HEALING THAT FORGIVENESS BRINGS
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent, (Day 21 of Lent).
In the day’s Gospel Jesus gives the teaching on forgiveness. It is not about how many times but the readiness to forgive always because we have a God who is always forgiving. The parable is a clear illustration of what at times happen to many of us. We want to be forgiven but we do not want to forgive others. Everyday we are reminded of that command in the Lord’s Prayer; “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.”
The first reaction is to get even. We do not see the healing that forgiveness brings to both the offender and the offended. I believe that it is more for the benefit of the forgiver than the forgiven. Is it not true that at night, the offended suffers more? It was already difficult for the offended, it will become more difficult when forgiveness does not happen.
We can see the widom of Jesus. That was why even when He was hanging on the cross and had not committed anything against anyone, the first words He uttered hanging and dying on the cross were words of forgiveness. He knew that it was the only way to be free from violence and effect healing.
Forgiveness does not stop. The opportunity to heal should always be a welcome act for a Christian. Forgiveness should always be seen as a participation in God’s work of salvation. Rather than dwelling on our own hurts, let us heal and be healed.