the framework of the spirituality of stewardship is that everything we have, all that we are is a gift from God. if all is gift, our proper response is thanksgiving. when we are at our best we live out our lives in this framework of gift and thanksgiving. an important way to love is to share these gifts and our thankful-way-of-being with others.
but we often forget who we really are and what life is really about and the pure grace of it all. this opens us up to harming ourselves and one another. this then, harms our relationship with God. but we are forgiven. why? because mercy is perhaps the greatest gift of all; the healing aspect of God’s love.
the gift of forgiveness brings healing to us
when we forget this gift of God’s infinite mercy for us, we do not share it with others. on the contrary, we will pass on hurt which is the opposite of healing. and there is a connectedness to this sin: we hurt ourselves and our love for God. this is seen in today’s gospel at mass–matthew 18: 21-35. this comparison exemplifies the words of the Lord’s prayer, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” it is we, not God, who choose to block out this grace of mercy.
God’s mercy is a powerful force in the world. God’s forgiveness is an extraordinary dimension of his unconditional love for us. but we must remember this grace; once we do, we pass it on. then, we experience thankfulness in a new, fresh way.
i pray for God’s healing mercy in all our relationships. i pray we see more clearly this gift of love and healing in our lives. i pray that we respond with thankful hearts. i pray that we pass mercy on where ever we can