God tells us today through the Prophet Isaiah, that "Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool." (Is 1:10, 16-20)
Our sins have been bleached through the blood of Christ Crucified. Mercy has been unleashed for all time. There is no sin or addiction I can ever claim that is greater than the love of Christ poured out for me on the cross. It is unbelievable that I could be so loved by God, yet it is true.
I pray every day "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Enough said. I need to take this to heart and begin to forgive as I have been forgiven.
Rather than weigh myself down today with the fact that I do not always forgive others as I have been forgiven, I am going to try another approach. I am going to concentrate on all the goodness and love God has poured upon me through the years. I am going to spend this day in gratitude to God for the mercy that has overflowed into my life over and over again . . . a mercy that is unending.
Tomorrow , I will begin to try to uncover small ways to be more forgiving towards others in my thoughts, words and deeds. This won't happen automatically. It will take effort, but a very good spiritual and personal challenge for Lent.