Life is an Adventure in Forgiveness

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Life is an Adventure in Forgiveness
Easter Saturday

Today is National Reconciliation Day in the USA.  Although it is on different dates in different countries, in the USA it is credited by being started by Ann Landers in 1989 in response to a reader’s letter.   She began promoting it and annually had a column about it every April 2.    National Reconciliation Day is a time to take that step to make amends.  It’s not too late.  Reach out to a friend or loved one and make a fresh start.

In the first reading of today’s liturgy, the Jewish leaders would not be reconciled with Peter and John even though they were speaking the truth because the Jewish leaders did not want to hear the truth.  We are experiencing something similar to this is our own time with our political leaders not wanting to hear the truth from our Church hierarchy  about life in the womb, and family life

In the gospel, Jesus calls the apostles to be reconciled with him.  He “rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised.”  They then did become reconciled with Jesus and made a fresh start by going “into the world and proclaiming the Gospel to every creature.”   

“The church is not a theological classroom. It is a conversion, confession, repentance, reconciliation, forgiveness and sanctification center, where flawed people place their faith in Christ, gather to know and love him better, and learn to love others as he designed.” ― Paul David Tripp,

Christian faith is... basically about love and being loved and reconciliation. These things are so important, they're foundational and they can transform individuals, families. Philip Yancey

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
-- Norman Cousins

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all.
-- Dorothy Day

The only way children can learn the habit of forgiveness is by seeing us, their parents, forgive others and forgive ourselves.
-- Naomi Drew

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