Lent is a time to remember that it is in our character to make mistakes and to fall short. We don’t always do what is good and true. We have been given free will and we often err.
But Lent is also a time to remember that we have been made in the image of a God of incredible mercy, grace, and forgiveness. We have been given the divine capacity for forgiveness – of ourselves and of others. And we need it!
Without forgiveness, the pressure of wrong doing – the regrets, the remorse, the anger, the resentment – just builds and builds and builds. And that can lead to doing more things that we need to be forgiven for. We can cause more harm to ourselves and to others and to the world. Where is the release? The relief? The peace?
In the divine scheme, we are given the capacity to forgive as an accompaniment to our free will. Freewill and forgiveness go together.
This Lenten season is a time to think about where forgiveness is needed in our lives. Where have we been let down? How have we disappointed ourselves? What harm has been done to us? Yes, Lent is definitely a time for forgiveness: Forgiveness of ourselves and of others.
Lectionary readings for the day:
1 Peter 3:8-18a
Prayer: May we accept the gift of forgiveness praying for the highest good for those we have wronged and who have wronged us. Amen.