Breaking the Chain of Causality
This Sunday is about forgiveness, and most of us have something to learn about this important act.
Our First Reading tells how awful wrath and anger are, and how the sinner “hugs them tight,” a wonderful image. Release them and let them go, it says.
The Psalm speaks beautifully about God’s absolving love: God is kind and merciful, slow to anger, rich in compassion. The Second Reading says we ought to live not for ourselves but for others. We should imitate God. When we live for the Lord, it says, we will also be graced to die for the Lord.
Forgiveness is a major ingredient of living for God and for others. People do not always do right, and we need to forgive them as God does. Forgiveness is the gift and the goal.
But what does it consist of?
Our culture has some pretty diverse ideas about this. For some it is a condescending act performed only by a person who is higher than another—a King or Queen or a judge or a boss or a media star—someone who leans down to grant pardon. For others it means “I can forgive but I can never forget.” Perhaps this means, I will remain angry forever but I will never act upon it. Such a stance can include an uncomfortable attitude: “I will choke back my hurt and anger by a sheer act of the will. I may have been savaged by someone, but I will not display it in my reaction.”
On Easter Sunday of 1960, that seer of truth and lover of God, Dag Hammarskjold, wrote an interpretation that moved me:
Forgiveness breaks the chain of causality because he who “forgives” you—out of love—takes upon himself the consequences of what you have done. Forgiveness, therefore, always entails a sacrifice.
There is a price you must pay for your own liberation. Since it has come through another’s sacrifice, you in turn must be willing to liberate in the same way, in spite of the consequences to yourself. You absorb them, if doing so truly flows out of love. (from Hammarskjold, Markings, p. 197)
Let us apply these insights to the Gospel.
There, Jesus tells a long and involved parable about a servant who is pardoned by the master but then goes out and refuses, viciously, to forgive his own fellow servants.
At about six lines from the end the owner of the vineyard calls him a “wicked servant” and says, “should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?”
What is the lesson? That the deepest motivation for forgiveness is loving gratitude.
If someone has forgiven me out of love, then my authentic reaction will be deep appreciation. I will want spontaneously to pass the gift on. It follows that if God has forgiven me, I will want to give to anyone else the same liberation I have received.
By doing so you or I halt the chain of causality and pass along love instead of hate.
As we dwell in Christ’s presence this Sunday, especially if we are able to receive communion, let us sense his forgiving love, signified so deeply in the sacrament. Let us allow our gratitude to flow to others.
John Foley, SJ
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"You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea." Micah 7:19
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First Reading - Sirach 27:30-28:7 When you want to “hug wrath and anger tight” (paraphrase of the reading), do you have ways or people or places who will help you calm down your anger?
Responsorial Psalm R. O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.
Second Reading - Romans 14:7-9 Sometimes God asks people to do extraordinary things. But most of the time not. How do you live your ordinary life for the Lord? Can you find God there? If you did regularly, would your life be, paradoxically, extraordinary?
Gospel - - Matthew 18:21-35 Pope Francis says that Jesus asks us to do something radical when he asks us to forgive our brothers and sisters unreservedly. Can you think of ways you can do this?
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Celebrant: Sisters and brothers in the Lord, the Scriptures today have reminded us that if we desire God’s forgiveness, then we must be prepared to forgive others from the heart.
For our community:that we have the strength to stand in solidarity with victims, the humility to come to terms with the sinful crimes of the past and the patience to stop and listen to children and the vulnerable. Let us pray to the Lord R: Lord hear our prayer
For families:that they may grow stronger and more resilient in their love and care for one another so that children are raised in safe and nurturing environments. Let us pray to the Lord R: Lord hear our prayer
For parents, relatives, mentors, teachers, coaches and other adults:that they may always follow the example of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, by treating children and young people with proper respect and care. Let us pray to the Lord R: Lord hear our prayer
For those whose lives have been traumatised through abuse:that they may find the courage to share their story and to find lasting peace and healing. Let us pray to the Lord R: Lord hear our prayer
For our community as it seeks to follow the example of Christ and the teachings of his Church:that we will work to ensure that policies and procedures are implemented to protect children, young people and the vulnerable in our society. Let us pray to the Lord R: Lord hear our prayer
For the sick, the aged and the lonely. Including N…:that they may feel the comforting presence of God, be given all the help they need and tender care from family and friends. Let us pray to the Lord: R. Lord hear our prayer.
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you created our earth to sustain and give us life.
We turn to you now in faith, hope and love,
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on our drought-stricken land,
on our starving animals,
on our failing crops.
Strengthen, sustain and give new heart to our farmers
and to all who are affected by drought;
be with those who support them.
In your loving providence,
send abundant rain and restore our parched earth.
Father of all compassion,
hear our prayer through Jesus Christ your Son,
in whom the promise of new life has dawned,
and through the power of the Holy Spirit,
the Lord the giver of life:
Renew your faithful people;
Renew the face of the earth.
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QLD BISHOPS ELECTION STATEMENT LAUNCH
The bishops of Queensland’s five Catholic dioceses on Monday launchedThe Common Good in a COVID World– their combined statement ahead of next month’s Queensland election.
The statement from the bishops is the first of its kind in the modern Queensland political era and pinpoints eight areas for special focus ahead of the October 31 poll.
“As bishops, we offer this statement as a way of sharing key points of Catholic teaching … as we prepare for the State election,” the bishops write. “No political party fully aligns with Catholic teaching, but we can point to clear and enduring principles which can help us make the kind of responsible judgements that allow us to be both faithful Catholics and good citizens."
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We entrust to you the lives of children
and adults at risk
who have been sexually abused,
and whose trust and innocence have
Help us to hear their cries of pain
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whose lives have been broken.
Help us to recognise the hurt felt by
those wounded by abuse,
and the failure to be heard.
We pray that with the help of your grace
communities and families will find
understanding and support,
so that now and in the future
their wounds may be healed
and they may find lasting peace.
Let your grace and love fall gently now
upon our children,
giving them the inner strength, peace
to seek out assistance when required.
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Jesus Christ, your Son,
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in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God
forever and ever.
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