March 29
Holy Thursday
God Is the Love That Forgives

The question of what it means to be a friend of God ultimately draws us toward the topic of forgiveness. If we live truly as friends of God, we are called to forgive those who have offended us. And given what we have experienced, we know that the future of our world depends on a critical mass of people learning to let go of hate and embrace forgiveness. To be human is to become part and parcel of human magnanimity and compassion as well as human betrayal, violence, and sin. Perhaps Paul was referring to this aspect of what it means for God to become human when he said, “For our sake he [God] made him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). In other words, for Jesus, forgiveness was the way of life.

Jesus, I fervently pray to walk in the way of forgiveness.

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