Most of us have seen those advertisements or billboards which announce some bumper offer or sale.
>> Winter Sale on branded clothing: Up to 50% off!*
>> Buy a new house, at just Rs 1000!*
>> Buy one pizza, get one free!*
But, a point to be noted is that most of these advertisements of offers and goodies also have a “tiny asterisk – * ” sign next to it.
What does the * refer to?
>> It has a catch in it…. Conditions Apply!
~ The offer is valid, only on the basis of some conditions.
~ The sale is applicable, only on the agreement of some special terms.
The Gospel of the Day is the prayer of the Our Father.
>> And one of the offer that is mentioned in the Our Father is that of Forgiveness.
However, this offer of Forgiveness has an “asterisk *” sign attached to it…
Yes… Conditions apply!
What is the offer?
>> The Forgiveness from God!
And what is the condition applied to receive this offer of forgiveness?
>> We, first need to forgive others!
The Eleventh Chapter of St Luke opens with a teaching on prayer.
This teaching begins with Jesus presenting the blueprint in praying- the beautiful prayer “The Our Father”.
The Lukan version of the Our Father has five petitions:
1. Hallowed be thy name
2. Thy Kingdom come
3. Give us today our daily bread
4. Forgive us our sins
5. Do not subject us to the final test
The fourth petition – for forgiveness – is also accompanied with a clause – “…as we forgive”..
“…and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Lk 11: 4)
..forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us!
…forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us!
Well, does this mean God’s forgiveness is conditional?
It needs to be understood, that God , in His infinite mercy and goodness, has always the store of forgiveness, unconditionally opened for us!
~~ To receive this treasure of forgiveness, we need to first forgive others!
~~ To receive this grace of pardon, we need to first pardon others!
It means that…
>> If we harbour a wrong against other…
>> If we continue to nurture hatred against other…
>> If we wilfully fail to extend absolution to the other…
>> If we adamantly keep having repulsion against the other…
..then we are telling God to not forgive me either!
…then we are telling God to not shower His blessing on me!
…then we are telling God to withhold His unconditional mercy on me!
….then we are telling God to stop extending His unconditional compassion!
The prayer – “Our Father” is indeed one of the most easily learnt and widely used prayers.
>> But this clause of the prayer, which is often overlooked, also makes this prayer dangerous!
>> This clause of the prayer, which is often not thought of, also makes this prayer challenging!
· Let the prayer ‘Our Father’ make us to make inroads into forgiving others!
· Let the prayer ‘Our Father’ make us to march forward into extending pardon to others!
Let this beautiful prayer also become a really meaningful one!
October 7th is the Feast of “Our Lady of the Rosary”; also known by another title – “Our Lady of Victory”
Pope Leo XIII says:
“The devotion to the Rosary is, so great and so confident, to the august Queen of Heaven…
… and has never shone forth with such brilliancy as when the militant Church of God has seemed to be endangered by the violence of heresy… or by an intolerable moral corruption, or by the attacks of powerful enemies.”
Our world, today is greatly endangered by the evils of…
>> dilution of morals >> heretical powers to do away with God
>> venomous attacks to destroy and corrupt the Church.
>> May we pick up the Rosary as our weapon to pray and powerfully invoke the grace of God.
May the Motherly Intercession of our Mamma fill us with the Holy Spirit, to help us to truly love Jesus, our Brother deeply and to trust in the manifold grace of God, our Father!
God Bless! Live Jesus!