WHEN YOU FORGIVE, YOU BECOME HUMAN

(Twenty-four Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, September 17, 2017.

You are a human being because you have the power to use your reason, to appreciate beauty, to reflect on your feeling. And most importantly, because you have the power to forgive. If you lack that power, you are not human.
Forgiveness makes you human for the following reasons:
– Forgiveness is not merely a way of behaving; it is rather a way of life. That is to say, in order to live as a true human being, one must forgive others.
– Forgiveness knows no limits, neither in quality nor quantity. Is it enough to forgive seven times? “I say to you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:22); in other words, always!
– Forgiveness does not end in a unilateral action; it is continued in all the interactions between all men. This is why the one who is forgiven is expected, in turn, to forgive others.
– Forgiveness opens the doors to life; it is the never-ending source of life in human history.

In order to be able to forgive you must:
– Understand that all humans share the same human dignity.
– Understand that the wrong inflicted upon one is a wrong inflicted upon all.
– Expect that the suffering of one person should move everyone else to compassion.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).