Fr. Geary’s Letter, 9-13-2020

Dear Parishioners of St. James:

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Forgiving other people is one of the most difficult things to do. Yet, we take for granted God’s forgiveness toward us. The Lord died on the Cross to redeem us of all of our sins. If we fall on our knees and beg Him for pardon, He will forgive our sins. If God, Who is divine, forgives us sinners when we ask Him, why is it difficult to forgive other people their transgressions against us who are sinners ourselves?

Sin is offensive. Sin is personal. Sin is always against another person (be he human or divine). Sin wounds and sometimes separates us from God and from one another. If we knew the price of sin, we would think twice about committing it. If we appreciated the persons whom we offend when we sin, we would be more considerate. If we knew how generous God is when He forgives us our sins, we would be more generous in forgiving others. 

Think about the sins which God has forgiven you. God’s mercy is truly unfathomable. Are there debts from sin that people owe you? Write them off. Forgive the other person even if the debt is enormous. None of us can even come close to the debts of sin that the Lord has forgiven in our lives. Show mercy as the Lord has shown you mercy.

God bless you,

Fr. Geary

Published by St. James, Belvidere

Saint James Catholic Church, Belvidere, IL