Good morning to everyone! Happy Sunday, The Lord’s day! Happy weekend to everyone!
Our theme for this Sunday readings is: Be kind and Merciful.
Here is our first reading for today:
“Anger and a hot temper are horrible things, but sinners have both. The Lord is taking note of your sins, and if you take vengeance on someone, the Lord will take vengeance on you. But if you forgive someone who has wronged you, your sins will be forgiven when you pray. You cannot expect the Lord to pardon you while you are holding a grudge against someone else. You yourself are a sinner, and if you won’t forgive another person, you have no right to pray that the Lord will forgive your sins. If you cannot get rid of your anger, you have no hope of forgiveness—you are only a human being. Think about it! Some day you will die, and your body will decay. So give up hate and live by the Lord’s commands, the commands in the covenant of the Most High. Instead of getting upset over your neighbor’s faults, overlook them.” (Sirach 27:30–28:9).
There are two important message from The Lord in this reading:
1.) If you take vengeance on someone, The Lord will take vengeance on you.
2.) You cannot expect The Lord to pardon you while you are holding a grudge on someone else.
Here is our second reading for today:
“We do not live for ourselves only, and we do not die for ourselves only. If we live, it is for the Lord that we live, and if we die, it is for the Lord that we die. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For Christ died and rose to life in order to be the Lord of the living and of the dead. “(Rom. 14:7-9).
We do not live for ourselves only,….. If we live, it is for the Lord that we live, and if we die, it is for the Lord that we die. (Walang nabubuhay para sa sarili lamang.Tayong lahat ay may pananagutan sa isat-isa). It’s a beautiful Christian outlook in life.
And here is our Gospel reading for today:
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, if my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive him? Seven times?”
“No, not seven times,” answered Jesus, “but seventy times seven,[a the Kingdom of heaven is like this. Once there was a king who decided to check on his servants’ accounts. He had just begun to do so when one of them was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. The servant did not have enough to pay his debt, so the king ordered him to be sold as a slave, with his wife and his children and all that he had, in order to pay the debt. The servant fell on his knees before the king. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay you everything!’ The king felt sorry for him, so he forgave him the debt and let him go.
“Then the man went out and met one of his fellow servants who owed him a few dollars. He grabbed him and started choking him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he said. His fellow servant fell down and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back!’ But he refused; instead, he had him thrown into jail until he should pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were very upset and went to the king and told him everything. So he called the servant in. ‘You worthless slave!’ he said. ‘I forgave you the whole amount you owed me, just because you asked me to. You should have had mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you.’ The king was very angry, and he sent the servant to jail to be punished until he should pay back the whole amount.”
And Jesus concluded, “That is how my Father in heaven will treat every one of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”
So it’s clear what The Lord wants from us:
1.) We should be kind and merciful to each other.
2.) We should avoid the use of violence and hatred to solve our social problems.

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