Holy Monday: Walking the Forgiveness Road

So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.  Mark 11. 24–25

As I write this, I’m at St. Luke’s Hospital waiting while a parishioner has extensive back surgery. It seems that we have a lot of folks in the parish with back issues–people for whom we’ve prayed a lot and who continue to have chronic pain.  Our hearts hurt with the agony that is theirs day in and day out. We’d like to vote for more yeses to our healing prayers. 

The promise from the Gospel reading for this Holy Monday is about forgiveness. Jesus asked early in his ministry–which is more difficult to do:  to forgive or to heal?  As challenging as it often is to receive healing, forgiveness is absolutely impossible without God. Seeking forgiveness with a repentant heart is always a yes from God. 

As we show up on the Holy Road of Holy Week, what healing through forgiveness is God placing on your heart?  Do you need help knowing that God’s forgiveness is a yes waiting to happen?  Your priest is ready to help with the gift of Reconciliation of a Penitent. Please call her and make an appointment.

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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