24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 07 Sep 2020

The Lord is compassion and love

Look upon us, O God,

Creator and ruler of all things,

and, that we may feel the working of your mercy,

grant that we may serve you with all our heart.

The readings this week speak of forgiveness, urging us to forgive others just as God forgives us. God loves us unconditionally. There is no limit to that forgiveness, so long as we ourselves show forgiveness to others, and don’t hold on to any grievances.

The First Reading directs us to remember and live by the commandments, and especially not to bear any grudge against our neighbours. We are urged to let go of any anger, hate or resentment.

The Psalm is full of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. It tells of the strength of the Lord’s love for us as well as his mercy; there is no end to his forgiveness nor love.

In the Second Reading, we hear of how the way in which we live our lives affects one other. Through Christ’s life, death and resurrection, he has shown us that we belong to him both in life and death, unless we choose to turn away.

The parable of the unforgiving servant in the Gospel emphasizes the message of forgiveness. So long as we forgive others with complete sincerity, God will show compassion towards us. So long as we repent, he will forgive our sins an infinite number of times.

Over the week ahead, let’s pray for one another and welcome God’s gift of forgiveness, together with the healing, reconciliation and restoring of any broken relationship that it brings.

My soul, give thanks to the Lord, and never forget his blessings.    Responsorial Psalm

The life and death of each of us has its influence on others.     Second Reading

Let us forgive, and we shall be forgiven. Let us have mercy on others, and we shall feel that mercy of God, who, when he forgives, also forgets.

Pope Francis (Lent homily, 1 March 2016)

This week’s texts if you want to explore further:

Ecclesiasticus 27: 30–28: 7; Psalm 102 (103); Romans 14: 7–9; Matthew 18: 21–35