Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

March 17, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast: Saint Patrick (387-461)  – Patron Saint of Ireland

Book of the Prophet Daniel 3:25, 34-33

Psalm 25

Matthew 18:21-35


One of the most beautiful words in the English language is “forgive.”  The word is a common one but the essence of the word is in the last part, “give.”  To forGIVE means to give someone a release from the wrong that she/he has done to you.  It means to give up any right of retaliation.

Accordingly, there are five kinds of forgiveness in the Holy Bible:

  1. Judicial Forgiveness: This is the eternal forgiveness of all sins of the one who has trusted in Christ (Acts 26:18; Eph. 1:7.)
  2. Paternal Forgiveness: This is restoration of fellowship with God after we committed sin.  The conditions are twofold, Confession (1 Jn. 1:9; Jn. 13:4-10, and forgiveness of others.
  3. Personal Forgiveness: This is the restoration of our fellowship with others.  This is so important because Jesus teaches us that we are forgiven if we are willing to forgive others (Matt. 6:14-15.)
  4. Social Forgiveness: This is restoration of our fellowship with society (Jn. 8:1-10.)
  5. Ecclesiastical Forgiveness: This is restoration of fellowship with the church (2Cor. 2:5-11.)   

All of this is why Saint Peter, thinking that he exceeds the teaching of the rabbis, makes a proposal of forgiving others seven times, a perfect number for the Jews.  It means completeness as in seven days for the creation of the world.  Peter thinks that he is generous enough and deserved appreciation from Jesus.  However, our good Lord answers him, “Not seven times but seventy seven times.”  What this means is we are to forgive without limitation at all times.  Forgiveness is a matter of love and not of how many times.

Forgiveness is our deepest need and at the same time our highest achievement.  Let us set that person(s) in our life free through confession of our sins and our personal prayer life.  This is true forgiveness.  Let us contribute to the healing forgiveness that we and the world so greatly long for.  “It is far better to forgive and forget than to resent and remember.”  (Our Daily Bread December 20, 2010

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Question of the Day:  Can you forgive?  Will you forgive? 

Prayer: Lord God, You sent Patrick to preach Your glory to the Irish people.  through his merits and intercession grant that we who have the honor of bearing the name of Christian may constantly proclaim Your wonderful designs to others.  Amen.





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