Sunday 21 December 2014

Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent

Pride and ego are two things which we are often reminded to watch out for as we journey in this life. As Christians, we are cautioned not to allow pride and ego to fester in our minds and hearts, since many other sins have been committed in one way or another due to our pride and our ego. One area which some of us may be struggling to change and improve on is "forgiveness." Our pride and ego sometimes gets in the way, distorting our minds into thinking only of the unfairness, the hurt, the anger, the frustration and the giving up on the other person who has wronged us. We begin to think: "poor me" or "I am the victim, so why should I forgive so easily." But is this the kind of attitude that befits the life of a Christian?

In today's Gospel, Jesus taught us how to pray. In the "Lord's Prayer" or the "Our Father," we pray: "forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us." Do we realise what these words mean? Our pride and ego blinds us to the fact that forgiveness is not just a one way street. All of us have fallen in one way or another, we are not perfect and we make mistakes. We ask God to forgive us when we are at fault, but have we learnt to be humble and willing to forgive others as well? Let us take heed of what the Gospel warns us: "Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours; but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either."

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