BAGUIO City, Jan. 16, 2016 – Being forgiven empowers us to forgive others.
This was the message given by Fr. Abner Santos, main presider over the opening Mass of the Couples for Christ (CFC) Rejoice in the Lord Weekend at the Baguio Convention Center earlier this Saturday morning.
“Indeed the Lord is merciful and full of compassion. It feels so good to be forgiven. It’s like having a thorn removed from our hearts but it is feels even better to be forgiven and to forgive,” said the priest to some 2,000 CFC members from all over the Philippines, Canada, US, New Zealand, Europe, and the Middle east, among others.
Reason to rejoice
According to Santos, “there is reason to rejoice because each one of us has been given mercy”, especially through the sacraments that is available to all regularly.
In his homily, he pointed out how there are people who are quick to apologize and yet find it difficult to forgive others.
In a brief sharing, the priest explained that the power to be forgiven and to forgive comes from nothing else but God’s grace.
“We pray for those who find [it difficult] to forgive and with all these, we thank the Lord. God is so great. In spite of each one of us, he can really accept us. He embraces us. There is more reason to rejoice not only because we receive blessings from the Lord but because we are chosen simply by the Lord,” explained Santos.
‘The Person of Forgiveness’
This very sinfulness, says the priest, does not hinder God from calling us in a special way.
“Each one of us is called by Jesus, [saying], ‘Follow me. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.’ We are so privileged,” said Santos.
According to him, the one who calls every person is no one else but the “Person of Forgiveness” himself, Jesus.
“So we see the Person of Forgivenss, Jesus Christ. And in this Mass, we experience him, we will experience him personally later during communion. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us try to spread mercy and forgiveness,” stressed Santos.
This year’s CFC Weekend carries the theme “Rejoice. Pray. Give Thanks” from Philippians 4:4-7. (Nirva Delacruz / CBCP News)