March 5. Geoff was studying economics at school.  He shared, “There is an awful lot of blaming and shaming going on these days.  If it is not shady business deals or state capture it is sexual harassment. I’ve always thought that justice should be done but it seems that deals are being made to write off debts or to pay money to prevent charges being laid.   Was it always like that one wonders or is society just becoming more dishonest. In this election year here and the US there is also much discussion about who is eligible or not.”  His brother was quick to answer. “Read the gospel of the servants to whom money was owed. One was generous and wrote off the debt and the other wanted his “pound of flesh.”  “Sure,” their dad said, “ but for me it is a real mystery. What God expects ultimately is to be merciful and forgiving. Isn’t that even going beyond what is fair?”     

Reflect, share. Scripture: Read the relevant scripture passages.  Matthew 18:21-35. I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant as I had mercy on you?”  Pope Francis:  In marriage and family life unexpected situations occur disrupting family life and requiring forgiveness and reconciliation.  In resolving sincerely to forgive,  each one has to ask quietly and humbly if he or she has not somehow created the conditions that led to the other’s mistake. To know how to forgive and feel forgiven is a basic experience in family life.  AL236,  LSAP 6  Ecological spirituality..   Pray a Lenten prayer. For willingness and openness to make peace and forgive one another even after a major break-down.  Choose appropriate action.