Forgiveness in Lent
3rd Sunday of Lent
Lk 13: 1 -9
Lent is the time for reconciliation, forgiveness, and exchange peace with one another. In order to be forgiven, first of all, we have to learn how to forgive and experience the value of forgiveness in human life.
The third Sunday of Lent reminds us of how patient God is with human beings. Despite human weakness and failure, God is patient and waiting for all humankind to return to him. As we know the Gospel today is in the context of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem where he will be crucified. On the second Sunday of Lent, after the Transfiguration, even though the disciples were explained who Jesus was, they still did not recognize the identity of Jesus. On the third Sunday of Lent, the parable of the barren fig tree symbolizes the blindness and failure of Jesus’ disciples who did not recognize the identity of Jesus. However, their blindness did not stop God’s patience and compassion towards them. God still forgives all sinners.
My dear friends, the Gospel invites you to follow God’s example of mercy and compassion. Lent is a proper time to think about reconciliation and forgiveness. If today, the third Sunday of Lent, you do not make any resolution to forgive or to say sorry to your offenders, then when will it be a better time for you to do so? The meaning of Lent depends on your attitude of living towards God and others. It also depends on how you choose to follow Jesus’ teachings. Following his teachings, you will find peace and meaning in your daily life. The most meaningful thing that you can do is to forgive those who have insulted you as well as to say sorry to those you have insulted.
Lord, help me experience your true forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.