March 3: To Heal Our Heart: Forgiveness is for Ourselves

Updated: Apr 1

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

March 3, 2021

“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” – Maya Angelou

Last week’s reflection hopefully inspired an internal dialog, a challenge to actively practice the Golden Rule with others. Some of us know that when asking for God’s pardon, it’s instantaneous, however, this may not be the case for our antagonists.

How can God instantly pardon us, yet it can be a challenge to pardon each other?

The separateness that we experience from each other may allude to the answer. My journey to see God in others began when I was able to see God in myself. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, a spiritual writer and mystic, stated, “He is your soul and your soul is He.” This assertion aligns with the Hindi greeting “Namaste,” which means, to bend to you. For the yogis, Namaste conveys a deeper meaning, an exaltation of honor, the divine presence in me bows to the divine presence in you.

If your soul is He, just as St. Elizabeth proclaims, how does your divine presence bow to the divine presence in others?

When we consider how we seek union with God, it becomes easier to treat others as we would like to be treated. Forgiveness for ourselves frees us to extend forgiveness for others, perhaps instantaneously. It is challenging to seek forgiveness for ourselves, yet it is possible. Jesus gave us two commandments, which are handwritten on a chalkboard next to my front door, a reminder that with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind, I will strive to love God, to love my neighbor, and to love myself.

How different would the world be if we honored God in every heart, every soul, and every mind?

These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.

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