It is 13th August 2015. We celebrate the memorial of Sts.Pontian, and Hippolytus, Martyrs. The readings are from Josh.3:7-10a, 11, 13-17 and the Gospel is from Mt. 18:21-19:1. In the first reading, we witness Joshua takes a lead to march the people towards the Promise Land. When God walks before us, nothing goes wrong. God performed a huge miracle for the sake of people of Israel to have the Promise Land. It is indeed a dream come true for the people who believed God walked through thick and thin. River Jordan was held back for the people to pass through. Crossing of the River Jordan reminds us of the crossing through the Red Sea. God has the absolute power to go to any extend for our happiness and stability in our lives. Surely, God can hold back anything for us to pass through to enjoy the space with God. When God is with us we can cross any barrier and chocking situations in our lives. The responsorial Psalm sings, “Alleluia.” The Gospel brings out the importance of forgiveness in our lives. Forgiveness cannot be reduced to numerals rather it depends on the quality of the mind and heart. God forgives us immeasurably. God does not remember the number of times God has forgiven us. When there is love, there is forgiveness. God is love. Forgiveness will be very difficult pill to swallow when there is lack of charity. Forgiveness is the business of the heart not of the body. In forgiving, we remind the other that there is an ever forgiving God we believe in. Forgiveness is the new evangelization for the world bruised by sinfulness and selfishness. The proportion of forgiveness is immeasurable by any human yard stick. “So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” (Mt.18:35). May you have blessed day.

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