St. John of God
In today's gospel Jesus again sends us a dual message. On the one hand, His father is the great forgiver. We need only ask and He showers His mercy upon us. However, Jesus throws in this little caveat to the story. We must show the same forgiveness to others, or we won't receive it from God.
One more thing: "We have in our day not prince, prophet or leader..." You could say the same thing about our culture today. And yet, they are out there; we just have to look a little harder to find them. Pay attention today to whom your child looks up to. Are they a model of forgiveness and mercy?
Prayer: Dear Lord, remember your mercies! Help me to have a heart that is ready to forgive, even the deepest hurts, and let go of long-held grudges. Let me be a model of forgiveness to my family. St. John of God, pray for me. Amen.