The “Our Father”: How many times have we recited this prayer? Countless. How many times have we prayed this prayer dwelling on the beauty and depth of each word? “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”
Many years ago a young priest went to Father Bergoglio concerned that the line to his confessional was so long and expressed doubt that he had forgiven too much. When asked what he did about these doubts, the priest said, I go to chapel and stand in front of the tabernacle and say to Jesus: “Lord forgive me if I have forgiven too much. But you’re the one who gave me the bad example!”
If there is someone whom you have yet to forgive, resolve today to show mercy to that person.
Readings for Feb. 16, Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
Reading 1 — Isaiah 55:10-11
Responsorial Psalm — Psalm 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19
Verse Before The Gospel — Matthew 4:4B
Gospel — Matthew 6:7-15