Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Pope Saint John Paul II—(1920-+2005) Patron Saint of Catholic Sports
Romans 7:18-25a, Psalm 119:66, 68,76, 77, 93, 94, & Luke 12:54-59
On this day, the Church celebrates the feast of Pope Saint John Paul II. A native of Wadowice, Poland, Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II in 1978. As pope, he made 104 apostolic journeys outside Italy, published a new catechism, introduced World Youth Day and the World Meeting of Families, and many other accomplishments. He died on April 2, 2005. "It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness," he told young people in 2000. He continued, "He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted…It is He who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle." (Excerpts from Magnificat, October 22, 2021)
Our Gospel narrative of Saint Luke is straightforward today. We are directed to forgive each other and move on with our lives. If we are caught in the middle of a disagreement, Jesus says to stop and settle it right there. It does not matter who is right or wrong—resolve it. We must get the friction out of the way so we can serve others through Him.
So, why are we reluctant? What will it cost us to forgive? What must we do to put down the grudges we hold, the anger, fear, and resentment, and ask Jesus for forgiveness for our stubbornness? Only in that place of healing can we see what we have been missing all along—Jesus standing in front of us, holding our face in His hands, telling us how much He loves and needs us.
Question of the Day: Will you forgive those who offend you and ask for forgiveness from those you have offended?
Prayer: "Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom."