Peter asked Jesus, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?” Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21
Today as I meditate, my heart is heavy remembering the tragedy of 9/11. Is it “Odd or God” that the first thing I read this morning from the book “Yearnings” [Irwin Kula; 2006], is about the author’s reaction as he watched the Twin Towers collapsing. Kula wrote, “I found myself saying over and over, “Oh, my God…”
Then today’s scripture lesson, which comes from the three-year lectionary cycle, is about forgiveness—Jesus saying we should forgive someone at least 490 times! It made me wonder if forgiveness became a way of healing for those who experienced loss on 9/11.
Today, I listened to television interviews of survivors or people who lost loved ones during the tragedy of 9/11. How would they react to this lesson in Matthew about forgiveness? I saw peace in the eyes of those telling their stories. Many of them have moved on after their initial grief and have a good life. No doubt there are many still on the journey to forgive…it may take all 490 tries at forgiving to feel peace in their hearts.
In my heart, I know it wasn’t “Odd” that I recognized the coincidence of the message of 9/11 in my meditation book and in the scripture lesson for today being about forgiveness. Everything in our lives is about God.
My prayer for today:
“Our Father in heaven, reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best –us above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from the Devil and ourselves. You are in charge! You can do anything you want! You are ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.” [Revised Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:13 The Message Bible]