Tomorrow Holy Week begins. Palm Sunday’s mass includes the passion narrative, where we hear and enter into the story of Jesus’ unwavering love for us. I can only imagine what the experience would be like for someone who comes to mass for the first time on Palm Sunday. It must sound strange to be in a church full of Christians echoing the words of Jerusalem’s crowds calling for Jesus’ crucifixion. Instead of pointing the blame at men and women who lived 2,000 years ago, we are reminded that it was our sins and our betrayals of our Lord that led to His crucifixion.
Throughout Holy Week, we are invited to find ourselves in the story of redemption. We aren’t just the recipients of God’s love, we are also the ones whose sin nailed Jesus to the cross. While I like to imagine myself faithful till the end like Mary and John, I’ve denied like Peter and I’ve betrayed like Judas so many times in my life. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells the story of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:21-35). The parable tells us of a man who is completely forgiven of a debt he could never repay, only to severely punish those who owed him relatively insignificant debts.
Today, Karen Reynolds (@klynnr7) shares about the choice set before us when we experience betrayal. We can either let our suffering consume us or we can unite our sufferings to those of Christ. When we remember the incredible mercy offered us by Jesus, we can find the strength to forgive others as we’ve been forgiven. Radical forgiveness, offered to those who don’t deserve it, is only possible with God’s grace. Will we follow in Jesus’ footsteps, or will we seek revenge and let bitterness consume us?
Quick Social Media Tip for today:
Consider sharing how #ShareJesus has made an impact in your life this Lent and invite people to join in for Holy Week.
For sharing on Social Media today:
- How has the grace of forgiveness made a difference in your life?
- What is one of your favorite verses in Scripture about God’s forgiveness?
- Who is one person you can think of that embodies radical forgiveness?
The YouTube link to share with your tweets today is https://youtu.be/sXiS9PD1NKQ Don’t forget to use the #ShareJesus.
Remember a Facebook Video share from our page is better than a Youtube Link on Facebook.
Taking it Offline
- Ask Jesus for the grace to forgive others as He’s forgiven you.
- Take a few minutes to reflect on Jesus’ forgiveness and mercy in your life.
- Seek reconciliation with someone who has hurt you or someone who you’ve offended.
We are called to not only celebrate forgiveness, but to live it. #ShareJesus