Mercy Frees the Heart

“Mercy Frees the Heart”
A reflection on Sirach 27:30-28:7 and Matthew 18:21-35
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
©️2023 Gloria M. Chang

Wrath and anger, these also are abominations,
yet a sinner holds on to them. 

The vengeful will face the Lord’s vengeance;
indeed he remembers their sins in detail.

Forgive your neighbor the wrong done to you;
then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.

Does anyone nourish anger against another
and expect healing from the Lord? 

Can one refuse mercy to a sinner like oneself,
yet seek pardon for one’s own sins?

If a mere mortal cherishes wrath,
who will forgive his sins?

Remember your last days and set enmity aside;
remember death and decay, and cease from sin!

Remember the commandments and do not be angry with your neighbor;
remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook faults.

Sirach 27:30-28:7

Then Peter approaching asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.”

Matthew 18:21-22

In a heart free of vengeance,
Divine Mercy gains entrance.

Traditional Chinese Translation


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