Many of us can say: I remember the day when you turned my life around. I was crushed and not at all lovable. I was the slave of my desires and full of deep resentment. Yet you reached out to me, Lord, and forgave me from your heart. Now it is my turn to forgive others from my own heart.
St. Matthew wrote: “Then Peter came up and asked him, ‘Lord, when my brother wrongs me, how often must I forgive him? Seven times?’ ‘No,’ Jesus replied, ‘not seven times; I say, seventy times seven limes.’ Jesus then told the Parable of the Unjust Official, at the end of which he added: ‘Should you not have dealt mercifully with your fellow servant, as I dealt with you?’ Then in anger the master handed him over to the torturers until he paid back all that he owed. My heavenly Father will treat you in exactly the same way unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart” (Mt 18).
I realize, Lord, that a hard heart is its own worst enemy, torturing itself day in and day out, unable to let go of in-juries. In your name, I want to let go of my grievances—from my heart. Only then will I truly be your disciple.