24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 17, 2017


You cannot rush forgiveness.  It is a process and so if you want to know why it is so difficult to forgive each other, it is because it is synonymous with being patient with each other.

Henri Nouwen writes that, “The great challenge is living your wounds through instead of thinking through them.”

It is better to cry than to worry; better to feel your wounds deeply, than to understand them; better to let them enter into your silence than to talk about them.

The choice you constantly face is whether you are taking your hurts to your head or to your heart.

In your head, you can analyze them, find their causes and consequences, and coin words to speak and write about them.  But no final healing is likely to come from that source.   You have to let your wounds enter your heart.[i]

[i] Jonas, Robert A.  Henri Nouwen.  New York:  Orbis Books, 1998., pg. 39

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sirach 27:30-28:7; Psalm 103; Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18:21-35)


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