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Dear Parishioners and Visitors,
A LENTEN PRAYER PRACTICE
Our Gospel today reminds us that our God is about revelation not condemnation. We are invited into a world of change without condemnation.
In forgiveness I set a prisoner free,
Only to discover that prisoner was me.
God, I thank You for the people in my life who seem to bring more pain than joy, for I believe You have let our paths cross for important reasons. Thank You for the good things You want to do in my life through the things that bother me (their irritating habits? Their moodiness? Their unloving ways? Their demands? Their insensitivity? Their unrealistic expectations?).
I’m grateful that You are with me, to meet my needs when others - - even those close to me - - fail to do so. I’m glad that You are also within me, working to make me more patient, more gentle, more loving through the very things I dislike.
And I thank you that I need not fret about these people, or be envious, or mull over any thoughts to prove I’m right. Thank you that by Your loving power I can accept them as You accept me: just as I am, warts and wrinkles and hangups and all.
That I can chose not to judge them, but to forgive them…
Lord, teach us to forgive;
to look deep into the hearts
of those who wound us,
so that we may glimpse,
in that dark, still water,
not just the reflection
of our own face,
buy Yours as well.
In closing, if you would like to experience Jesus’ face for you, I invite you to visit our parish website, www.ssj.org (at the bottom of the Quick Links section on the home page), and listen to my meditation called “Let Your God Love You.”