Skip to content

The Lord's Prayer: 'Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us'

By Norm LeDonne Jr
2/6/2014 (3 years ago)
Finding Jesus Again blog (findingjesusagain.blogspot.com)

Finding Jesus Again

My understanding of Christianity, my journey toward Jesus has been a long process, usually involving little steps. I'm not one of those individuals (so far) that suddenly has a great epiphany with a huge leap in understanding. Rather, things come in dribs and drabs. The phrase 'and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us' is one of those baby steps, which was actually quite profound.

James Tissot - The Lord's Prayer (Le Pater Noster) - Brooklyn Museum

James Tissot - The Lord's Prayer (Le Pater Noster) - Brooklyn Museum

Highlights

By Norm LeDonne Jr
Finding Jesus Again blog (findingjesusagain.blogspot.com)
2/6/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: Faith, Forgiveness, Sin, Lord's Prayer, catholic, love, God, Jesus


LOS ANGELES, CA - The revelation came while I was attending a funeral. Apparently there were many internal family squabbles that had occurred over the years. Several of the siblings were, at best, distant from each other, if they had not actually made the decision not to speak to one another. The priest presiding over the funeral service found out about these 'trespasses'. During his sermon, he took the opportunity to address the problem in a God-fearing manner. He explained the meaning of these words.

Think about them. When you are praying to God, you are asking him to forgive you your sins. But, this is not a carte blanche forgiveness. You ask God to forgive you in the same manner and to the same extent that you forgive others for their sins against you! Whoa! So. The person that kept you from getting that promotion, or that raise, you know, the one you cursed and wished were dead? Is that how you want God to forgive you? Or, the friend that borrowed some money and never paid you back; the one you haven't spoken to for several years; the one you gossip about to others. Is that how you want God to forgive you? Or, that family member that always criticized you, mister (or ms.) know-it-all. The one you make fun of especially when they are not around. Is that how you want God to forgive you?

Carry a reminder of our Lord and Savior with you -- always.

We all have had (and most likely have) people that hurt us in our lives. It's easy, almost natural (with the help of Satan of course) to carry grudges, to relive the events over and over, justifying our anger. But, that is clearly not the right thing to do. If we expect God to forgive us, we MUST forgive others. That can be very difficult. We must call on Jesus to increase the Holy Spirit in us, to give us the strength and grace to forgive these people from the heart. This is the only way that we can continue on our journey toward God, following in Jesus' footsteps, so that we can truly find Jesus.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---

This is a blog written by Norm LeDonne Jr, on his journey to rediscover the Catholic faih


Comments


More Blog

All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises Watch

Image of All the Earth will sing you praises.

This post, being written during the Easter season, will be a reflection and compilation of discussions about the historicity of Jesus ... continue reading


Resurrection Day! Watch

Image of Resurrection Day!

Jesus Christ is risen!Easter is the greatest and oldest Christian feast. It is the Feast of Feasts, and it is the holiest day of the year ... continue reading


My Heart Trusts in Jesus and He Helps Me

Image of Trust in Jesus.

Especially at Easter, it is vitally important to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. As people of the cross, ... continue reading


Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord Watch

Image of Prepare ye the way of the Lord.

"<a href="https://infogalactic.com/info/Godspell">Godspell</a>" was a Broadway musical which opened in 1971 and is a series of ... continue reading


The Challenge of Easter Watch

Image of The Challenge of Easter

Going through the checkout at the shops I got talking with the girl behind the cash register who proceeded to tell me that Good Friday was ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.