Late for a meeting, John ran out of the house that morning without giving his young daughter a kiss.
What must I do to gain eternal life? A scholar of the law approached Jesus and asked him this question. Jesus wanted to know what the young man believed and asked him, and the young man said, “I must love God with my whole heart, with all my mind, all my strength and my neighbor as myself.”
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Healing begins with your willingness to forgive yourself first. Today I would like to share with you first, two true stories of two families who lost a beloved child in a tragic accident. Second, the difference between forgiving and not forgiving oneself. Third, the grace and forgiveness offered by the Lord to us.
I can remember way back when I was in eighth grade, after some adolescent gaffe, my Dad said one word, “Think!” As in, think about what you’re doing before you do it! He went on to say, maybe I should hang that word, someplace in my room, just like he had seen this slogan prominently displayed in the offices of IBM computers.
What are we to make of Jesus’ words today to love your enemy, pray for those who mistreat you, give to others what they ask of you and to those who take what is yours do not demand it back? We heard a lot of hard sayings including the Golden Rule to do unto others what you would have them do to you.
The title of the popular 1960’s self-help book, I’m O.K.; You’re O.K., popped into my head as the antithesis of Jesus’ warning to the scribes and Pharisees in today’s gospel. In an age when we’re told to think positively about ourselves, many still wrestle with low self-confidence and even depression.