Family Page – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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To help you and your family make the most of this weekend’s celebration while choosing to stay home in light of the pandemic, Ann has compiled some resources and activities for families. We hope you find them helpful!
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
As you gather to celebrate this Sunday in your home, ask each family member what it means to forgive.
This Week’s Readings
- Sirach 27:30 – 28:7
- Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12
- Romans 14:7-9
- Matthew 18:21-35
All the readings today have us recall what’s truly important in our lives as Christians: mercy and forgiveness. Pope Francis tells us we must be “merciful like the Father.” Those who have received mercy must extend mercy to others. This is true of forgiveness, too. Jesus tells us this through the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. If you would rather watch the parable than read it, there are several offerings on YouTube.
The king in today’s Gospel story obviously understood forgiveness since he gave his servant a fresh start. And he was a good example of mercy to those who witnessed his kindness to his servant. However, the forgiven servant did not pass along the same kindness that was shown to him.
Forgiving has to begin within our hearts. If we’ve done something wrong, we need to say, “I’m sorry.” It’s also important to say, “You’re forgiven.” If the wrong we’ve done is serious, we need to seek forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We are blessed as Catholics to know we’ve been forgiven through the words of absolution.
Finally, remind your family it is important to forget, too. Younger kids need to be reminded that if they have said they’re sorry then it needs to be forgotten. Often we say the words, but hold a grudge in our hearts. Forgetting is important too.
What to Do Next
If there are grudges among the kids in your family, encourage them to really say, “I’m sorry” and to forget about the dispute or argument. If things are not easily settled, spend some time in prayer asking to be “merciful like the Father.”
For adult pondering: Why is it so hard for us to forgive? How do we distinguish being judgmental and being indifferent?
Have a great Sunday!