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Against Ourselves

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

“And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him. But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house. Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them.” (Mark 3:26-28)

As I read this passage, I was reminded of a conversation from our recent Mission Leadership session. As we discussed the beatitude of Mercy, our discussion led to how a person's ability to forgive and let go, or not, can clearly affect that person's attitude. And, it is only through the grace of God, that we have the ability to not only forgive another for actions that have hurt us in some way, but more importantly to let go of that hurt, which is different from forgetting that we were hurt.

The discussion went deeper to that when we do not or cannot forgive and let go of the hurt we are feeling, we are damaging our own hearts, sometimes even more than we are affecting another person.

I took this one step further, and in awe, discovered, through the grace of God, we have the ability to allow another's actions to be tied up by the plunderer or to let go and, love in my heart, to allow God's will to be.

God of Mercy,

Remind me, always, to bring to You my hurts.

Provide me with the strength and love to let go of my hurts

and forgive those who hurt me with love in my heart.

In the Name of the Your Son, whom You sent to earth to show the ultimate mercy.


Danielle Hamann
Public Policy Analyst, Avera

2 SAMUEL 5:1-7, 10 • PSALM 89:20, 21-22, 25-26• MARK 3:22-30

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