Friday, the 14th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon - Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Kateri Tekakwitha
Readings for today’s Mass
Over the years i've heard stories from students of what seemed to be the bitterest betrayals from those they thought was their best friends. It often revolved around living arrangements or relationships; someone stealing or not liking a significant other or falling short on a lease agreement. Whenever the word betray is used, i know it's pretty serious. Betrayal is a harsh word that carries so much emotion, making it very difficult, sometimes impossible to get over.
One example of such a betrayal is seen thru the eyes of the older brother of a prodigal son. He felt betrayal from his father and his brother. Only the strong love of the father could find forgiveness. Judas, in the garden, is an iconic example of betrayal. Jesus even uses the b-word with him: "Judas, are you betraying the son of man with a kiss?" Ouch! Today's first reading is the end of a story with another powerful example of betrayal. It is the happy ending of a tale of eleven brothers who wished their youngest brother dead. As tough as it may seem, each of these narratives contains an expression of compassion and forgiveness.
Forgiveness is something we do quite often and easily throughout the day. Think for a moment of the small infractions you experience in the course of your day - a harsh word from the boss; a dig from a coworker. These happen regularly and usually are easily dismissed and forgotten as no big deal. It's the big stuff that we struggle to let go of.
As Jacob and his sons celebrate a family reunion in Egypt, recall a couple of Jesus' responses regarding power of forgiveness: seven times seventy times is one; and this from a sermon Jesus preached about loving our enemies. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Lk 6:36-37
We all know how it is to be on either end of the stick, to offer forgiveness and to seek it. When you find it hard to forgive, when you use the b-word to talk about friends, keep in mind the actions of Joseph, of Jesus and a loving old man. Let them show you how it's done.